From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: July 1, 2014

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The 89th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force was hosted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Our cover article in this issue highlights the challenges of making Internet connectivity available to all people around the globe. The Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) proposed research group is a new initiative hoping to find a home in the Internet Research Task Force—we wish them luck in their important work.

We have articles about the transport services Birds-of-a-Feather, a behind-the-scenes look at the team that organizes the pre-IETF educational tutorials, and the RFC series editor, Heather Flanagan, offers an update on the work to modernise the format of the RFC series.

We also include an article on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)- and World Wide Web Consortium-hosted pre-meeting workshop on strengthening the Internet against pervasive monitoring, celebrate themost recent winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize, and document the Internet Society panel event on the evolution of the end-to-end principle.

As always, we have our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and Internet Research Task Force chairs, and coverage of hot topics discussed during the plenary meetings. For more details of the Internet Area of the IETF in particular, a Working Group summary report is available at

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