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    The QUIC working group will provide a standards-track specification for a UDP-based, stream-multiplexing, encrypted transport protocol, based on pre-standardization implementation and deployment ...

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  • Remembering Bob Braden

    I am writing to share the sad news that Bob Braden has passed away. Bob's contributions to the development of the Internet were extensive.

    19 Apr 2018
  • IETF Hackathon in London

    IETF Hackathons began just over three years ago as a way of connecting Internet protocol development more closely with running code, and they have been growing ever since.

    17 Apr 2018
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