By: Mat Ford
Date: October 6, 2012
Amongst fireworks and nude bicyclists of coincident festivals, the 84th meeting of the IETF
took place in downtown Vancouver, Canada, earlier this year. In this issue of the IETF Journal
you’ll find a roundup of some of the discussions and people that helped make it such a great meeting.
Our cover article provides detailed insight into the profound impact of World IPv6 Launch on
the deployment of IPv6 in networks and services around the world. We also present articles on such
diverse topics as, how to build “censorship-proof” networks, using JSON in IETF protocols, smartobject
interoperability testing, and software-defined networking.
Also in this issue are our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs, coverage of hot
topics discussed during plenary meetings, and an introduction to the ISOC Fellows who attended
the IETF 84 meeting.
The Internet Area of the IETF is large and diverse—it’s welcome news that the chairs of each WG
within this area have offered short updates on recent progress. The goal of these updates is not to give
a detailed analysis of all the WG activity, but rather to provide highlights of activity that may be
of interest to people not actively involved in the WG. The WG summary reports are available on the
Int Area wiki: http://wiki.tools.ietf.org/area/int/trac/wiki/IETF84.
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