From the Editor's Desk

Bandwidth, Transition, Top IETF 76 Agenda

By: Mat Ford

Date: January 8, 2010

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As regular readers of the IETF Journal are aware, Mirjam Kühne moved on during the summer to a new role and new challenges. As managing editor of the IETF Journal she will be missed, although her new role will keep her in touch with all things IETF, I have no doubt. Temporarily taking the reins for this edition, I would like to begin by soliciting your input on the future direction of the IETF Journal. What works? What doesn’t work? What would be of most interest to you and your colleagues? All comments, contributions, suggestions, and feedback can be sent to ietfjournal@isoc.org.

In this issue, the subject of bandwidth on the Internet takes centre stage, with articles reporting on the Internet Society panel event called The Band-width Bandwagon (this page) and on the motivations for a very interesting BoF meeting on congestion exposure.

Also in this issue is a summary of the plenary sessions, including a review of the informative and entertaining presentation called Internationalization in Names and Other Identifiers given by John Klensin, Stuart Cheshire, and Dave Thaler. The plenary also witnessed the presentation of the inaugural Itojun Service Award, and we have a special article commemorating that event.

As all contributors to the IETF should be aware, the RFC Editor is in transition as the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California relinquishes a role it has had for 40 years. We could not let this milestone pass unremarked, and Leslie Daigle has provided us with an article based on interviews with some of the key individuals involved in the move .

Trent Adams and Eve Maler have taken time out from their busy schedules to give us an update on theprogress of the Kantara Initiative, which was founded earlier this year.

IETF 76 was made richer by the presence of the Internet Society fellows, who travelled from far and wide for the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and technical skills through involvement with the IETF and to contribute their perspectives during the meeting. As Subramanian Moonesamy put it so well, “The ISOC Fellowship Programme provides people from developing countries with the means to contribute to the IETF and make their voices heard.”

My sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue. I hope you find it interesting and, as I mentioned, please send your feedback to ietfjournal@isoc.org. This is your chance to shape the future of the IETF Journal.

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