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A Week of Firsts in Philadelphia

Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Like several other organizations (most notably some of the Network Operator Groups), the IETF took the opportunity of having many engineers in one room at one time to switch off the IPv4 network and make only the IPv6 network available, which they did during the IETF 71 plenary in Philadelphia (see below). The IPv4 outage experiment nearly coincided with a power outage, which took place just as Scott Bradner was presenting a report about the recent use of arbitration during the Nomination Committee process. This was the first time in the history of the NomCom that the arbitration process had to be employed (more on this in the plenary report). An-other interesting development in Philadelphia was a BoF on IDNA, which could lead to the formation of a new IDNA working group at the IETF 72 meeting in Dublin (see a report on the BoF on page 11).

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