From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

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The nerds returned to paradise for the IETF 91 meeting, hosted by Cisco in stunning Waikiki, Honolulu. Despite the temptation to devote the week to surfing, attendees got a lot of great work done at this memorable meeting.

Our cover article, “Open Standards, Open Source, Open Loop,” discusses the challenges for standards organisations like the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in the face of agile software development paradigms. We also have articles about the upcoming IETF website revamp, a new initiative on human rights and Internet protocols, and a report on the WiFi privacy trial that ran on the meeting network in Hawaii.

You’ll read about the most recent winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize, and learn about theInternet Society panel event that explored the question, Is Identity an Internet Building Block?

Our regular columns from the IETF, the Internet Architecture Board, and the Internet Research Task Force chairs, plus coverage of hot topics discussed during the meeting’s plenary sessions wrap up the issue. For more details of the Internet Area of the IETF in particular, a Working Group summary report is available at And last, the issue debuts a new look for the IETF Journal, part of a year-long celebration of the publication’s 10-year anniversary.

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