From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: November 1, 2013

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I n this jam-packed issue of The IETF Journal we present a thick slice of the schokoladentorte that was the 87th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force, which took place in sunny Berlin, Germany. One feature of this meeting was the large number of students in attendance, and our articles on the student outreach pilot project and the MANIAC challenge explain why. Our cover article this issue documents a real IETF success story—the development, specification and deployment of the Opus audio codec. And we have articles about two other hot new IETF work areas: security for telephony identity and mitigating email abuse. Other BoF meetings are covered in our regular IETF Ornithology column. We also have articles on an online gaming tutorial (it was work, honest!) and a very timely roundup of privacy and security developments. We celebrate the most recent winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize, and document the Internet Society panel event that debated the need for coordinated optimisations to improve Internet experience. We also discuss the work being done to promote the IETF in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Of course this edition wouldn’t be complete without 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 http:// As always, we are hugely grateful to all of our contributors. Please send comments and suggestions for contributions to [email protected] You can subscribe to hardcopy or email editions at https://