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RFC 7841 on RFC Streams, Headers, and Boilerplates

The IAB has published RFC 7841: RFC Streams, Headers, and Boilerplates.

Abstract: RFC documents contain a number of fixed elements such as the title page header, standard boilerplates, and copyright/IPR statements. This document describes them and introduces some updates to reflect current usage and requirements of RFC publication.  In particular, this updated structure is intended to communicate clearly the source of RFC creation and review.  This document obsoletes RFC 5741, moving detailed content to an IAB web page and preparing for more flexible output formats.

Volunteer Needed for ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC)

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB has been asked to name a technical expert to the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). The RZERC is expected to:

  • Review and provide input regarding proposed architectural and operational changes to the root zone.
  • As determined necessary by the committee, propose architectural and operational changes to the Root Zone for consideration by the ICANN Board.
  • Act as a consultation body for ICANN during the RFP process for the Root Zone Maintainer, if needed.

The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve a one-year renewable term on the ICANN RZERC. If you are interested, please send a short email message to iab-chair at with a copy to execd at with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN as well as the other standards organizations represented on the RZERC. The deadline for volunteering is Wednesday, 22 June 2016. Continue reading

About the Internet Architecture Board

The Internet Architecture Board provides long-range technical direction for Internet development, ensuring the Internet continues to grow and evolve as a platform for global communication and innovation.

In its work, the IAB strives to:

  • Ensure that the Internet is a trusted medium of communication that provides a solid technical foundation for privacy and security, especially in light of pervasive surveillance,
  • Establish the technical direction for an Internet that will enable billions more people to connect, support the vision for an Internet of Things, and allow mobile networks to flourish, while keeping the core capabilities that have been a foundation of the Internet’s success, and
  • Promote the technical evolution of an open Internet without special controls, especially those which hinder trust in the network.

Appointment to the Internet Society Board of Trustees

As set out in RFC 3677, the IAB is responsible for selecting a certain number of the Trustees who serve on the Board of the Internet Society.

In fulfillment of that responsibility, we are happy to announce that Richard Barnes has been selected for a three year term, to begin at ISOC’s annual general meeting in June.

The IAB had a very strong set of candidates this year, and we would like to express our appreciation to each of them for their willingness to serve.  We look forward to their continued engagement with the Internet Society and the IETF.

Call for nominations: IRTF Chair

As part of its oversight responsibility for the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), the IAB is responsible for selecting the IRTF Chair.

The IRTF focuses on longer-term research issues related to the Internet, organizing its work into topical Research Groups (RGs). The IRTF Chair is selected by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). It is a volunteer position with duties that include: 1) strategically shaping the work undertaken by IRTF RGs, 2) managing administrative responsibilities such as those related to publishing RFCs via the IRTF stream, and 3) serving as an ex-officio member of the IAB. The IRTF Chair should have previous experience in network research. Experience in operational management or implementation is beneficial. It is also desirable for the IRTF Chair to be familiar with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the IAB, and related groups and processes.

The current IRTF Chair, Lars Eggert, has indicated that he plans to step down from this position in March 2017.

The IAB is currently soliciting nominations for the IRTF Chair, for a term beginning at IETF 98 in March 2017 and ending at IETF 104 in March 2019.

A description of the IRTF Chair role can be found in RFC 7827, “The Role of the IRTF Chair.”
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Report from the IAB before IETF 95

Dear colleagues,

This is the report to the community from the IAB about our activities since IETF 94 (which was in Yokohama). We used to go over much of this sort of material in the plenary sessions. Shorter time for plenary sessions in the weekly agenda led us to try this form of report, and it was popular. So we are continuing with it. We hope that this form allows you to prepare topics you might want to discuss during the open mic. But of course, if you have views you want to make known by email, we’re easy to reach: send mail to to reach our public discussion list, and to reach just the IAB. Continue reading