From the Editor's Desk

By: Mirjam Kühne

Date: May 7, 2007

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This issue of the IETF Journal covers the meetings and discussions from IETF 68, which was held in March 2007 in Prague. The meeting was especially notable due to the many changes among the IETF leadership. Brian Carpenter, whose term as IETF chair ended in March, turned over the reins to veteran IETFer Russ Housley. Leslie Daigle, whose longtime position as chair of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) also ended, handed the chairmanship over to Olaf Kolkman. As a result, in this issue you will hear from both the outgoing and incoming chairs, who reflect on their experiences and offer a few words about their view of the future. A number of other personnel changes were recognised at the meeting, including the naming of Kurtis Lindqvist as new chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC).

Perhaps the most significant topic of discussion at IETF 68 was the one that covered the problems associated with routing and addressing, known as ROAP, a subject that is taken very seriously by the IETF and the IAB. The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) has stepped up its efforts with regard to ROAP and rechartered the Routing research group (rrg). A summary of all ROAP activities at IETF 68 can be found in the article “More ROAP”. A summary of the ROAP discussion can be found in the Plenary Report. Another important topic of discussion during the technical part of the plenary session was internationalisation in the context of IETF work. A summary of that discussion appears as part of the plenary report.

Here you will also find summaries of developments around the Domain Name System (DNS) and IPv6. It’s interesting that most activities related to IPv6 are now incorporated in other working groups or have become operational issues. There are very few specific IPv6 working groups left.

Those who are not able to attend an IETF meeting but would still like to follow one remotely might be interested in reading Geoff Huston’s “Not Being There”, an analysis and evaluation of the remote participation facilities.

As always, we wish you fun reading, and we welcome your comments as well as your contributions for future issues of this publication.

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