Internet Architecture Board


Update from I* Meeting

On 30 April and 1 May 2015, Ted Hardie and I participated in a meeting of several Internet organizations. Jari Arkko and Barry Leiba brought an IETF perspective to the meeting; other participants came from ISOC, the various RIRs, the W3C, several ccTLDs, and ICANN. All these involved organizations share an abiding, firm commitment to the open Internet.

The IAB has, as part of its responsibilities, the job of providing a useful interface to the world outside the IETF. I think sometimes we don’t do as good a job as we might at linking up with others in the technical community, and this meeting was my first opportunity as IAB Chair to work on that job.

This is a recurring meeting that operates at a pretty high level; it’s mostly chairs and CEOs, who are looking at broad issues, rather than detailed work. The meetings are not for making decisions or taking action as a standalone group, but to help coordinate a set of groups interested in cooperating with each other. But the discussion is extremely frank and direct, and the meetings help make sure the different organizations don’t surprise each other.

In a couple of sessions we talked about the IANA transition, and how far along the Internet community is. There’s been an enormous amount of work towards that from many of the organizations who attended the meeting. We all know about the good shape the IETF’s proposal on IANA transition is. We were happy to hear about the completion of the number resource community’s work, and to get a better sense of the efforts of the names community as well, since it has recently submitted its proposal.

The overall progress reflects the fundamental strength of our various community- and consensus-based processes. This network of different processes shows off the great strength of the Internet. We’ve evolved slightly different special-purpose ways of working appropriate to each community, but all using the same basic approach of listening to our communities and trusting them to get work done. That is what makes this community-based process so much more robust than tightly controlled policy systems. The Internet’s operational stability depends on that mature, distributed model, because the approach we have is at once vital enough yet stable enough to grow to face new challenges in the future.

The group did not talk only about IANA transition. From our own corner, we explored some of the consequences of the “IAB Statement on Internet Confidentiality” for the Internet operations community. That led us to discuss some of the things we’ve been hearing from mobile operators. We also started to ask one another about the consequences of increasingly closed services being built on top of the open infrastructure.

The IAB has raised this issue in its own discussions, and it cuts across some of our programs. Both in that context and more generally, Ted and I also reported to the others about IAB programs: what they are, how they work, and what we’re trying to achieve with them. We learned about various initiatives in other communities, allowing us to keep the IAB up to date on what else is going on in other organizations. We similarly collaborated in thinking about communication goals for upcoming inter-governmental activities.

Jari had more to say about the meeting, but I wanted to give my own view of it to the community. I think it is good for the organizations who support the open Internet to share insights from time to time. While we certainly aren’t trying to fully align our organizations, the extent to which we are singing from the same song book is heartening; while we’re not aiming for unison, the apparent harmony is pretty sweet.

– Andrew Sullivan, IAB Chair

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IAB Appoints Gonzalo Camarillo and John Levine to ISOC Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Gonzalo Camarillo and John Levine to the Internet Society Board of Trustees.  They will sit as trustees for three years, beginning at the ISOC Annual General Meeting this July.

We thank all those who volunteered to serve, and thank Gonzalo and John for taking on the task.

Best regards,

Andrew Sullivan
IAB Chair
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Call for nominations for IETF liaison to ICANN RSSAC

The IAB is responsible for appointing a liaison manager to the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) [1][2].

We are currently soliciting volunteers for this position. Nominations (including self-nominations) for this position should be sent to iab-chair at and execd at no later than Friday, 8 May 2015.

The current temporary liaison is Marc Blanchet, who was appointed in his role as IAB member during the restructuring process of RSSAC.

The person filling the role of liaison manager needs to have familiarity with the IETF and ICANN processes, have expertise in the DNS, and be involved in the related IETF working groups.

The liaison sits on the RSSAC committee as a non-voting member and follows RSSAC procedures. The liaison acts a conduit between the two organizations on matters that need to be coordinated or communicated between the two organizations.

It is expected that the liaison manager attends IETF and ICANN meetings, and more specifically the RSSAC meetings. The liaison role is non- voting. Expertise in security and internationalization would be a plus.

The IETF liaison process is defined in RFCs 4052, 4053, and 4691.

Please forward this message to any interested party.

Best regards,
Andrew Sullivan
IAB Chair


Deadline Extended: Call for Papers: IAB/ISOC Workshop on Coordinating Attack Response at Internet Scale (CARIS)

The Co-ordinating Attack Response at Internet Scale (CARIS) workshop program committee is extending the deadline for submissions by one week, to 10 April 2015.  The call for papers is available from  For more information on CARIS, please see

RFC 7452: Architectural Considerations in Smart Object Networking

The IAB has published RFC 7452: Architectural Considerations in Smart Object Networking.

Abstract: The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) denotes a trend where a large number of embedded devices employ communication services offered by Internet protocols.  Many of these devices, often called “smart objects”, are not directly operated by humans but exist as components in buildings or vehicles, or are spread out in the environment. Following the theme “Everything that can be connected will be connected”, engineers and researchers designing smart object networks need to decide how to achieve this in practice.

This document offers guidance to engineers designing Internet-connected smart objects.

Call for Papers: IAB/ISOC Workshop on Coordinating Attack Response at Internet Scale (CARIS)

June 19, 2015, Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, hosted by the 27th annual FIRST Conference.

Workshop Information:

Numerous incident response efforts exist to mitigate the effects of attacks.  Some are  operator driven focused on specific attack types, while others are closed analysis and sharing groups spanning many attack types.  Many of the operator driven models work with members to mitigate the effects of such attacks for all users, but how to contribute information to these efforts is not always known or easy to discover.  Sharing within closed community analysis centers is only practical for very large organizations as a result of resource requirements even to be able to use shared data.  Without coordination, these efforts are not only duplicated, but leave out protections for small and medium sized organizations.  These organizations may be part of the supply chain for larger organizations, a common pathway for successful attacks.

This workshop aims to bring together operators, researchers, CSIRT team members, service providers, vendors, information sharing and analysis center members to discuss approaches to coordinate attack response at Internet scale. Continue reading