From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: November 1, 2015

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The Internet Engineering Task Force returned to the stunning city of Prague for our 93rd meeting, which was hosted by Brocade and the Czech domain registry CZ.NIC. In this issue of IETF Journal we share highlights of the week-long meeting and attempt to convey the spirit of the many people and discussions that make up an IETF meeting.

Our cover article provides an update on the status of exciting new work to simplify the deployment of security technologies on the Internet. We also have an article about the IETF Hackathon, a great introduction to the fast growing world of NETCONF and YANG, and a report on the live video Q&A session with Edward Snowden that took place prior to the meeting.

You can find out what ideas the community had for improving IETF educational and mentoring programs in our readout from the EDUNEXT BoF, and learn about one of the technology demonstrations on show during the Bits-N-Bites session.

Our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs, and coverage of hot topics discussed during the plenary meetings wrap up the issue. For more details of the Internet Area of the IETF in particular, a Working Group summary report is available at

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