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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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    A New Model for the RFC Editor Function

    • Peter Saint-Andre

    30 Jun 2022

    The new RFC Editor Model is intended to provide greater transparency, improved responsiveness to the needs of the community, and increased clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities of the groups and individuals involved.

    Over the 53-year history of the Request for Comments (RFC) Series, the processes for defining and implementing the policies that govern the Series have evolved along with the Series itself. Originally the RFC Editor was one person: Jon Postel. As the number of RFCs published each year grew, the "RFC Editor" expanded into a team of professionals, eventually led by the RFC Series Editor (RSE). For the last ten years, the Series has operated under version 2 of the RFC Editor Model (RFC 6635, since replaced by RFC 8728). With the publication this week of RFC 9280, version 3 of the RFC Editor Model will go into effect.

    What's changed? Perhaps more important is what hasn't changed: the RFC Series will continue to be the premier venue for publishing technical standards specifying the protocols that undergird the Internet. Furthermore, those who author, read, and implement RFCs can continue to rely on a stable document series and publication process.

    Behind the scenes, however, version 3 of the model introduces a number of improvements. The primary change is that the policies governing the Series will now be defined in an open forum, the new RFC Series Working Group (RSWG). Although the RSWG is separate from the IETF, it will operate in ways familiar to IETF participants:

    • Policy proposals will originate as Internet-Drafts
    • Proposals will be adopted and advance through rough consensus
    • Proposals will be approved for publication by the new RFC Series Approval Board (RSAB), which consists of representatives from the existing document streams
    • Proposals will be published as RFCs in a new Editorial Stream

    Finally, editing and publishing of all RFCs will continue to be handled by the RFC Production Center (RPC).

    As part of these changes, version 3 does away with several committees and individual roles, specifically the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC) and the RFC Series Editor (RSE). It also introduces the new role of RFC Series Consulting Editor, an expert in technical publishing who will serve on the RSAB and provide policy guidance to both the RSWG and the RPC.

    We invite the community to participate in the RFC Series Working Group, which is slated to have its inaugural meeting at IETF 114 in July.

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