From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: November 1, 2014

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The beautiful Canadian city of Toronto was the venue for the 90th meeting of the InternetEngineering Task Force hosted by Ericsson. As always, The IETF Journal presents an interesting sample of the events, discussions, and people that contributed to another great IETF meeting. Our cover article discusses the emerging field of autonomic networking—a potentially important step forward for plug-and-play networking. We also have an article about the Internet-of-Things Plugfest that took place during IETF 90, information about the Stack Evolution in a Middlebox Internet (SEMI) workshop coming in January 2015, and an article concerning routing on content locators that describes the technology demonstrated during the IETF 90 Bits-n-Bites event. We also celebrate the most recent winner of the Applied Networking Research Prize, and document an Internet Society panel event on the prospects for Internet security and privacy. Our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs, and coverage of hot topics discussed during the plenary meetings wrap up this 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