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  • IETF 117 Highlights

    IETF 117 is a few weeks behind us and Dhruv Dhody, IAB Member and liaison to the IESG, took the opportunity to report on a few highlights and some impressions.

    • Dhruv DhodyIAB Member and liaison to the IESG
    21 Aug 2023
  • Proposed response to meeting venue consultations and the complex issues raised

    The IETF Administration LLC recently sought feedback from the community on the possibility of holding an IETF Meeting in the cities of Beijing, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen, with received feedback including views that were well expressed and well argued but strongly conflicting. The IETF LLC has considered this feedback in-depth and now seeks community feedback on its proposed response.

    • Jay DaleyIETF Executive Director
    21 Aug 2023
  • Submit Birds of a Feather session proposals for IETF 118

    Now's the time to submit Birds of a Feather session (BOFs) ideas for the IETF 118 meeting 4-10 November 2023, with proposals due by 8 September.

      16 Aug 2023
    • Applied Networking Research Workshop 2023 Review

      More than 250 participants gathered online and in person for ANRW 2023, the academic workshop that provides a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators, and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research.

      • Maria ApostolakiANRW Program co-chair
      • Francis YanANRW Program co-chair
      16 Aug 2023
    • IETF 117 post-meeting survey

      IETF 117 San Francisco was held 22-28 July 2023 and the results of the post-meeting survey are now available on a web-based interactive dashboard.

      • Jay DaleyIETF Executive Director
      11 Aug 2023

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    IASA2 Working Group Chartered

    • Alissa CooperIETF Chair

    25 Apr 2018

    The IETF has chartered a new working group to document changes to its administrative arrangements.

    For legal purposes, the current IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA) is organized as an activity of the Internet Society (ISOC). In November 2016, Jari Arkko launched a project as IETF Chair to re-assess the IETF's administrative arrangements. Since then, the IETF community has discussed the challenges we face, the properties we expect from future arrangements, and options for the legal and organizational structure of future arrangements. This process identified that the IETF's administrative tasks have grown; the current organizational structure is not as clear, efficient, or as fully resourced as it should be; aspects of the division of responsibilities between the IETF and ISOC continue to evolve; expectations about transparency have changed; and the IETF faces continued challenges related to funding activities against a backdrop of increasing costs and lack of predictability in our funding streams.

    After considering a number of different legal structure options, the community identified the creation of a new limited liability corporation (LLC) that is a disregarded entity of ISOC (i.e., it is treated as a branch or division of ISOC for tax purposes) as the preferred option to house the administration of the IETF. Last week we announced the formation of the IETF Administrative Support Activity 2, which is chartered to document the normative changes to IETF administrative structures and processes necessary to effectuate this change.

    I wanted to highlight a few additional important points that have come up in the discussions leading up to this point.

    First, aside from instances where they presently relate to IASA, it is outside the scope of this working group to consider any changes to anything related to the oversight or steering of the standards process as currently conducted by the Internet Engineering Steering Group and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the appeal chain, the confirming bodies for existing IETF and IAB appointments, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), or ISOC's memberships in other organizations.

    Second, this work has the support of the Internet Society. The ISOC Board of Trustees has stated their commitment to working with the IETF along the way, and in working with the IETF to implement the outcome of the IASA2 working group process, as needed. Both the IETF community and ISOC expect to reap the benefits of clarifying and solidifying the IETF's administrative structure.

    Third, many details remain to be worked out, including decisions about transitioning existing contracts and support functions, about the financial relationship between ISOC and the new LLC (including as regards the IETF Endowment), and about the relationship between the IETF community and those working on behalf of the LLC. I am confident that we will be able to identify arrangements in all of these areas that will strengthen the IETF's ability to achieve its mission of making the Internet work better.

    Those interested in joining the discussion are welcome to join the mailing list.


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