Internet Architecture Board


Volunteer Needed for ICANN Technical Liaison Group

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB names two technical experts to the ICANN Technical Liaison Group (TLG).

The ICANN Bylaws (Section 13.2) ask the IAB, ITU-T, ETSI, and W3C to each provide two technical experts. The technical experts are expected to be “familiar with the technical standards issues that are relevant to ICANN’s activities. These 8 experts shall be available as necessary to determine, through an exchange of e-mail messages, where to direct a technical question from ICANN when ICANN does not ask a specific TLG organization directly.” All TLG participants are also members of ICANN’s Technical Experts Group which confers with the ICANN Board at ICANN meetings.

The ICANN bylaws can be found at

The current experts are Paul Wouters (term ends 2019) and Tim Wicinski  (term ends 2020). Paul has indicated that he is willing to serve again.

The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve a two-year term on the ICANN TLG. If you are interested, please send a short email message to with a copy to with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN as well as the other standards organizations represented on the TLG. The deadline for volunteering is Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Continue reading

RFC 8477 on Report from the Internet of Things (IoT) Semantic Interoperability (IOTSI) Workshop 2016

The IAB has published RFC 8477: Report from the Internet of Things (IoT) Semantic Interoperability (IOTSI) Workshop 2016.

Abstract: This document provides a summary of the “Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT) Semantic Interoperability (IOTSI)”, which took place in Santa Clara, California March 17-18, 2016. The main goal of the workshop was to foster a discussion on the different approaches used by companies and Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) to accomplish interoperability at the application layer. This report summarizes the discussions and lists recommendations to the standards community. The views and positions in this report are those of the workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect those of the authors or the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which organized the workshop. Note that this document is a report on the proceedings of the workshop. The views and positions documented in this report are those of the workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect IAB views and positions.

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RFC 8462 on Report from the IAB Workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW)

The IAB has published RFC 8462: Report from the IAB Workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW).

Abstract: The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and GSM Association (GSMA) held a joint workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW), on September 24-25, 2015. This workshop aimed to discuss solutions for bandwidth optimization on mobile networks for encrypted content, as current solutions rely on unencrypted content, which is not indicative of the security needs of today’s Internet users. The workshop gathered IETF attendees, IAB members, and participants from various organizations involved in the telecommunications industry including original equipment manufacturers, content providers, and mobile network operators.

The group discussed Internet encryption trends and deployment issues identified within the IETF and the privacy needs of users that should be adhered to. Solutions designed around sharing data from the network to the endpoints and vice versa were then discussed; in addition, issues experienced when using current transport-layer protocols were also discussed. Content providers and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) gave their own views of their experiences delivering their content with mobile network operators. Finally, technical responses to regulation were discussed to help the regulated industries relay the issues of impossible-to-implement or bad-for-privacy technologies back to regulators.

A group of suggested solutions were devised, which will be discussed in various IETF groups moving forward.

This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board.

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Observers at IAB Teleconferences

As noted in September, the IAB recently agreed to make its agendas public. After some further discussion on necessary logistics, the IAB has now also unanimously agreed to open its teleconferences to observers.

Call-in details will be available with the posted agendas, found here:

The agenda will be posted 48 hours before the call begins. IAB teleconferences are currently normally scheduled for the first, second, and fourth Wednesday of the month at 2000 UTC. The timing of calls is generally re-assessed after each new IAB is seated, so this may change.

Observers are asked to join the call early to minimize disruption, and to identify themselves to the Secretariat when they join. The names of the identified observers will be part of the minutes. The Secretariat will mute the observers, and will make an announcement at the beginning of the meeting asking them to remain muted unless called on by the meeting chair.

Observers and liaisons will be asked to leave the teleconference for executive sessions. Typically, the IAB goes into executive session to avoid reputational risk for an individual or group; for example, discussion of appointments or sensitive external relationships.

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RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC) Appointments

The IAB extends many thanks to the community members who were willing to serve on the RSOC for their ongoing support of the RFC Series and the RFC Series Editor.

After reviewing the strong list of individuals who offered to serve on the RSOC, the IAB is appointing the following people to serve on the RSOC:

  • Sarah Banks
  • Tony Hansen
  • Adam Roach
  • Peter Saint-Andre

In addition, Christian Huitema and Robert Sparks will serve as IAB members on the RSOC, and Portia Wenze-Danley will continue to serve as a liaison to RSOC in her role as interim IAD.

The IAB sincerely thanks all of the people that offered to serve on the RSOC. The IAB particularly thanks the following current RSOC members that will be stepping off the committee later this month:

  • Nevil Brownlee
  • Joel Halpern
  • Bob Hinden
  • Martin Thomson (IAB member)

IAB Reappoints Ole Jacobsen to the ICANN NomCom

The IAB has been deliberating the appointment from the IETF community to the ICANN NomCom over the past few weeks. After seeking feedback from the IETF community, the IAB has decided to re-appoint Ole Jacobsen to this position.

The IAB extends its sincere thanks to Ole for serving the community in this role.

IAB Seeks Feedback on IETF Appointment to the ICANN NomCom

The IAB (on behalf of the IETF) has been asked to supply a member to the  2019 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) by 24 August 2018. Last year,  Ole Jacobsen did the job for the IETF community, and he is willing to  serve again.

The IAB would like to solicit comments from the community on Ole  Jacobsen on the ICANN NomCom. While the ICANN NomCom process itself is  confidential, the IAB believes that asking for feedback on this  appointment is important for transparency.

Please send comments to and

We would appreciate receiving comments by Tuesday, 21 August 2018, as  the IAB will begin the next steps in this appointment process shortly so  that the ICANN NomCom member can attend the first formal meeting of the  2019 NomCom in Barcelona in October 2018.