From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: July 1, 2013

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The 86th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force took place in sunny Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. IETF meetings are week-long affairs packed-full of interesting presentations and discussions—the IETF Journal can merely provide a snapshot of the proceedings and the people who helped make IETF 86 another great meeting. If there’s some aspect of IETF that you’d like to read more about, please let us know. Our cover article this issue provides an introduction to what has become a very hot topic in networking circles lately: software-defined networking (SDN). The article presents an outline of the IETF’s current SDN work, and provides examples of related use cases. We also present articles on the most recent winner of the Applied Networking Research Prize, and the Internet Society panel event that debated the future of content rights on the Internet. Note that the call for nominations for the 2014 awards period of the Applied Networking Research Prize is open until 30 November 2013. Nominations can be submitted via Of course this edition wouldn’t be complete without our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs, and coverage of hot topics discussed during the plenary meeting. For more details of the Internet Area of the IETF in particular, a Working Group summary report is available at As always, we are hugely grateful to all of our contributors. Please send comments and suggestions for contributions to [email protected] You can subscribe in hardcopy or via email at https://www.