Words from the IAB Chair

By: Russ Housley

Date: November 1, 2013

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This is my first contribution to The IETF Journal as chair of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). Olaf Kolkman and Bernard Aboba left large shoes to fill—over the past few years, they restructured the way the IAB works by introducing the new program model that greatly improved the ability of the IAB to simultaneously handle administrative, liaison, and technical responsibilities. I greatly appreciate the support of the IAB and the entire Internet community.


In July, the NomCom announced the appointment of Erik Nordmark to the IAB, filling the seat vacated by Spencer Dawkins, who accepted the Transport Area Director position. The IAB thanks Spencer for his service.

The IAB appointed Bob Hinden to another term on the Internet Society Board of Trustees. During the Board meeting in Berlin the day after IETF 87, Bob was elected chair of the ISOC Board. Congratulations Bob!

Two liaison manager positions closed. The IAB thanks Fred Baker for serving as liaison manager to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and Richard Barnes for serving as liaison manager to IEEE 802.23.

There has been turnover in three liaison manager positions: the IAB appointed Scott Mansfield as the IETF Liaison Manager to the ITU-T, replacing Eliot Lear; it appointed Deborah Brungard as the IETF Liaison Manager to the ITU-T for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), replacing Scott Mansfield; and it appointed Jonne Soininen as liaison to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board, replacing Thomas Narten. The IAB thanks Eliot and Thomas for their service as liaison mangers.

Highlights since IETF 86

The IAB sent letters on open standards in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to both the U.S. government and the European Commission. You can find these letters on the IAB website.[1,2]

The IAB published a statement entitled, “Dotless Domains Considered Harmful.” You can find the statement on the IAB website.[3]

The IAB responded to the ICANN Consultation on the Source of Policies and User Instructions for Internet Number Resource Requests. You can find the response on the IAB website.[4]

Appeal to the IAB

The IAB received an appeal from JFC Morfin regarding RFC 6852 on 8 July 2013 and answered the appeal on 17 July 2013.[5]

Upcoming IAB Workshop

The IAB is sponsoring a workshop on Internet Technology Adoption and Transition (ITAT). The workshop will be held on 4–6 December 2013 in Cambridge, UK. Participants were required to submit 3–10 page interest statements by 29 August 2013.