Words from the IAB Chair

By: Russ Housley

Date: November 1, 2014

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Highlights from the IAB Retreat

For three days in May 2014, in Cancun, Mexico, the IAB met in conjunction with the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC). One day of the three was spent meeting jointly with the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG); we also reached out to the LACNIC community—an effort that will hopefully bring more engineers from Latin America and the Caribbean into the IETF community.

The IAB restructured its programs, thereby enabling the IAB to focus on those topics most relevant to today’s Internet. Specifically, as a reaction to revelations about pervasive monitoring, the Privacy and Security Programme represents a significant effort for the IAB in 2014.

Following are the current IAB programmes:

  • Emergency Services
  • IANA Strategy
  • Internationalization
  • IP Stack Evolution
  • ITU–T Coordination
  • Liaison Oversight
  • Name Resolution
  • Privacy and Security Programme
  • RFC Editor (includes RSOC)

More information on each of these programmes is available at

IAB Encourages NIST to Use Open and Transparent Processes

The IAB sent comments to the US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) encouraging transparency and openness in their standards development processes. These comments are particularly relevant as it seems that at least one of the NIST security standards provides unexpected access. The entire comment can be seen at

IANA Stewardship Transition

The IAB sent comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on the principles, mechanisms, and process to develop a transition plan for the stewardship of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the US National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) to the multistakeholder community. NTIA asked ICANN to facilitate a process to create a proposal, and the IAB provided these comments on the draft plan. The entire comment can be seen at

During IETF 90, participants of the IANAPLAN Birds of a Feather (BoF) set the direction for the creation of an IETF community plan for the IANA protocol parameters. The community decided that the IAB IANA Evolution Programme would take the pen, and that a new working group in the General Area would provide review and comment. Once the working group reaches consensus, there will be an IETF-wide last call. Then, the resulting plan will be sent to the recently formed IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) to be combined with the plans from the names and numbers communities. Finally, the ICG will deliver the combined plan to NTIA after the Internet community has reviewed it.

The ICG comprises 30 members and two liaisons from a vast number of Internet-related organizations.

  • The IAB appointed Russ Housley and Lynn St.Amour to the ICG.
  • The IESG appointed Alissa Cooper and Jari Arkko to the ICG.
  • The ICG selected Alissa Cooper to be its chair.

The entire ICG membership is listed at

Highlights since IETF 89

  • The IAB appointed Sarah Banks and Robert Sparks to the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC).
  • The IAB appointed Sean Turner to the Internet Society Board of Trustees.
  • The IAB appointed Matt Miller as liaison manager to ECMA TC39.
  • The IAB published RFC 7288 on “Reflections on Host Firewalls.”
  • The IAB published RFC 7295 on “Report from the IAB/IRTF Workshop on Congestion Control.”
  • The IAB published RFC 7305 on “Report from the IAB Workshop on Internet Technology Adoption and Transition (ITAT).”
  • The IAB published RFC 7241 on “The IEEE 802/IETF Relationship.”