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IAB B. Carpenter
Internet Draft
March 2000
Charter of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
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This memo documents the composition, selection, roles, and Charter of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
organization of the Internet Architecture Board. It replaces
RFC 1601.
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Table of Contents: Table of Contents:
Status of this Memo.............................................1 1. IAB Membership...............................................2
1. IAB Membership...............................................3 1.1 Selection of full IAB members..............................2
1.1 Selection of voting IAB members............................3 1.2 Ex-Officio and Liaison members..............................2
1.2 Ex-Officio and Liaison members..............................3 2. The Role of the IAB.........................................3
2. The Role of the IAB.........................................3 2.1 Architectural oversight in more detail......................4
2.1 Architectural oversight in more detail......................5 3. IAB Organization.............................................5
3. IAB Organization.............................................5 3.1 IAB chair...................................................5
3.1 IAB chair...................................................5 3.2 Executive Director..........................................5
3.2 Executive Director..........................................6 3.3 Selection of the IRTF chair.................................5
3.3 Selection of the IRTF chair.................................6 3.4 Liaisons within the IETF....................................5
3.4 Liaisons within the IETF....................................6 3.5 Decision taking.............................................6
3.5 Voting rule.................................................6 3.6 Openness and confidentiality................................6
3.6 Openness and confidentiality................................7 Security Considerations.........................................6
Security Considerations.........................................7 Summary of Changes from RFC 1601................................6
Summary of Changes from RFC 1601................................7 References......................................................7
References......................................................7 Author's Address................................................7
Full Copyright Statement........................................7 Full Copyright Statement........................................8
Author's Address................................................8
1. IAB Membership 1. IAB Membership
The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) shall consist of thirteen The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) shall consist of thirteen full
voting members, composed of the chair of the Internet Engineering members, composed of the chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force
Task Force (IETF), and of twelve full members. The IETF chair, who (IETF), and of twelve sitting members. The IETF chair, who is also
is also the chair of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), the chair of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), may
may vote on all official IAB actions except the approval of IESG participate in all official IAB actions except the approval of IESG
members and appeals against IESG decisions. Ex-officio and liaison members and appeals against IESG decisions. Ex-officio and liaison
members of the IAB may also attend IAB meetings but shall have no members of the IAB may also attend IAB meetings but shall not
vote on official actions. participate in determination of official actions.
In the event that the number of voting members temporarily falls
below thirteen for any reason, the IAB may function as normal subject
to the voting rule of Section 3.5.
Members of the IAB shall serve as individuals, and not as Members of the IAB shall serve as individuals, and not as
representatives of any company, agency, or other organization. representatives of any company, agency, or other organization.
Members of the IAB shall owe no fiduciary duty of loyalty or care to Members of the IAB shall owe no fiduciary duty of loyalty or care to
IAB, IETF, IRTF or IESG. IAB, IETF, IRTF or IESG.
1.1 Selection of voting IAB members 1.1 Selection of full IAB members
Voting IAB members, including the IETF chair, are selected and Full IAB members, including the IETF chair, are selected and
appointed according to the procedures defined in [BCP 10] . Normally, appointed according to the procedures defined in [BCP 10] . Normally,
six full members are appointed each year to sit for two years, and six sitting members are appointed each year to sit for two years, and
the IETF chair is appointed every two years. the IETF chair is appointed every two years.
There is no limit to the number of terms that a member of the IAB may There is no limit to the number of terms that a member of the IAB may
serve, subject to the process defined by [BCP 10]. serve, subject to the process defined by [BCP 10].
Mid-term vacancies are filled as defined in [BCP 10] and do not
affect the IAB's power to take decisions.
1.2 Ex-Officio and Liaison members 1.2 Ex-Officio and Liaison members
Ex-officio and liaison members of the IAB have no vote but Ex-officio and liaison members of the IAB have no standing to
participate in IAB discussions. However, an ex-officio position may participate in IAB decisions but are expected to participate in IAB
be held by a voting member, who does not thereby lose his or her discussions as appropriate to their roles. However, an ex-officio
vote. Liaison positions may not be held by a voting member. position may be held by a full member, who does not thereby lose his
or her standing to participate in IAB decisions.
The chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is an ex-officio The chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is an ex-officio
member of the IAB. The IAB has an Executive Director who is an ex- member of the IAB. The IAB has an Executive Director who is an ex-
officio member of the IAB. officio member of the IAB.
The Internet Society, the RFC Editor, the IANA and the IESG each The Internet Society, the RFC Editor, the IANA and the IESG each
appoints a liaison member to the IAB. appoints a liaison member to the IAB. These liaison positions may not
be held by a full member of the IAB.
Vacancies in the liaison and ex officio positions do not affect the
IAB's power to take decisions.
2. The Role of the IAB 2. The Role of the IAB
The IAB is chartered both as a committee of the IETF and as an The IAB is chartered both as a committee of the IETF and as an
advisory body of the Internet Society. Its responsibilities include: advisory body of the Internet Society. Its responsibilities include:
(a) IESG Appointment (a) IESG Appointment
The IAB appoints a new IETF chair and all other IESG candidates, from The IETF nominating committee established under [BCP 10] annually
a list provided by the IETF nominating committee established under provides a list of candidates for vacant IESG seats and for the IETF
[BCP 10]. Chair if vacant. The IAB reviews the candidates, consenting to some,
all, or none.
(b) Architectural Oversight (b) Architectural Oversight
The IAB provides oversight of the architecture for the protocols and The IAB provides oversight of the architecture for the protocols and
procedures used by the Internet. This point is expanded in Section procedures used by the Internet. This point is expanded in Section
2.1 below. 2.1 below.
(c) Standards Process Oversight and Appeal (c) Standards Process Oversight and Appeal
The IAB provides oversight of the process used to create Internet The IAB provides oversight of the process used to create Internet
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The IAB shall have the authority to appoint the chair of the Internet The IAB shall have the authority to appoint the chair of the Internet
Research Task Force (IRTF) for a two-year renewable term, and to Research Task Force (IRTF) for a two-year renewable term, and to
remove him or her. The IRTF chair shall be responsible for the remove him or her. The IRTF chair shall be responsible for the
management and organization of the IRTF according to [BCP 8]. management and organization of the IRTF according to [BCP 8].
The IRTF chair is an ex-officio member as defined in Section 1.2. The IRTF chair is an ex-officio member as defined in Section 1.2.
3.4 Liaisons within the IETF 3.4 Liaisons within the IETF
The chair of the IAB and another voting IAB member (other than the The chair of the IAB and another full IAB member (other than the IETF
IETF chair), to be selected by the IAB, shall serve as liaisons to chair), to be selected by the IAB, shall serve as liaisons to the
the IESG. In addition, the IESG will appoint one of its members IESG. In addition, the IESG will appoint one of its members (other
(other than the IETF chair) to serve as a liaison to the IAB. The than the IETF chair) to serve as a liaison to the IAB. The IESG
IESG liaison may attend IAB meetings but shall have no vote. liaison may attend IAB meetings.
3.5 Voting rule Vacancies in these liaison seats have no effect on the IAB's or the
IESG's powers to make decisions.
The IAB attempts to reach all decisions by unanimous consensus. If 3.5 Decision taking
consensus cannot be reached, meaning that a vote is required, a
motion passes if there are not fewer than seven votes in favour and
not more than two against.
IAB votes may be taken by face to face meeting, teleconference, The IAB attempts to reach all decisions unanimously. If unanimity
cannot be achieved, the chair may conduct informal polls to determine
consensus. The IAB may make decisions and take action if at least
seven full members concur and there are no more than two dissents.
The IAB may reach decisions by face to face meeting, teleconference,
Internet communication, or any combination of the above. Internet communication, or any combination of the above.
3.6 Openness and confidentiality 3.6 Openness and confidentiality
The IAB publishes minutes of all its meetings on the Internet, and The IAB publishes minutes of all its meetings on the Internet, and
conducts an open meeting at every IETF meeting. It publishes all its conducts an open meeting at every IETF meeting. It publishes all its
findings as RFCs, Internet Drafts or messages to the IETF mailing findings as RFCs, Internet Drafts or messages to the IETF mailing
list. However, discussion of personnel matters and possibly legal and list. However, discussion of personnel matters and possibly legal and
financial matters may sometimes be required to be kept confidential. financial matters may sometimes be required to be kept confidential,
and the chair may, with the consent of the full members, exclude
liaison and ex officio members from such discussions.
Specifically, the IAB makes use of the second level domain iab.org Specifically, the IAB makes use of the second level domain iab.org
and the URL http://www.iab.org to publish information. and the URL http://www.iab.org to publish information.
Security Considerations Security Considerations
This memo does not raise any known security threats. This memo does not raise any known security threats.
Summary of Changes from RFC 1601 Summary of Changes from RFC 1601
This document replaces [RFC 1601]. The principal change is the This document replaces [RFC 1601]. The principal change is the
removal of material now covered in [BCP 8], [BCP 9] and [BCP 10], removal of material now covered in [BCP 8], [BCP 9] and [BCP 10],
with many consequent editorial changes. Additional changes are: with many consequent editorial changes. Additional changes are:
- description of a voting rule - description of decision making when unanimity cannot be achieved
- note on openness and confidentiality - note on openness and confidentiality
- addition of liaison seats for the Internet Society and the IANA - addition of liaison seats for the Internet Society and the IANA
- revised text concerning the IANA and the RFC Editor - revised text concerning the IANA and the RFC Editor
- clarifications following legal review - clarifications following legal review
References References
[RFC 1601] [RFC 1601] Huitema, C., "Charter of the Internet Architecture Board
(IAB)", RFC 1601, March 1994.
[BCP 8] RFC 2014 or its replacement [BCP 8] Weinrib, A., and J. Postel, "IRTF Research Group
Guidelines and Procedures", BCP 8, RFC 2014, October
1996.
[BCP 9] RFC 2026 or its replacement [BCP 9] Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision
3", BCP 9, RFC 2026, October 1996.
[BCP 10] RFC 2282 or its replacement [BCP 10] Galvin, J., "IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and
Recall Process: Operation of the Nominating and Recall
Committees", BCP 10, RFC 2282, February 1998.
Author's Address
Brian E. Carpenter
IBM
c/o iCAIR
Suite 150
1890 Maple Avenue
Evanston IL 60201
USA
EMail: brian@icair.org
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