draft-ietf-iab-rfc1601bis-00.txt   draft-ietf-iab-rfc1601bis-01.txt 
B. Carpenter IAB B. Carpenter
Internet Draft Internet Draft
September 1999 December 1999
Charter of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) Charter of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
Copyright Notice Copyright Notice
Placeholder for ISOC copyright Placeholder for ISOC copyright
Abstract Abstract
draft-ietf-iab-rfc1601bis-00.txt draft-ietf-iab-rfc1601bis-01.txt
This memo documents the composition, selection, roles, and This memo documents the composition, selection, roles, and
organization of the Internet Architecture Board. organization of the Internet Architecture Board. It replaces
RFC 1601.
Status of this Memo Status of this Memo
This document is an Internet-Draft and is in full conformance with This document is an Internet-Draft and is in full conformance with
all provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026. all provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026.
Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that
other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet- other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet-
Drafts. Drafts.
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The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at
http://www.ietf.org/shadow.html. http://www.ietf.org/shadow.html.
Table of Contents: Table of Contents:
Status of this Memo.............................................1 Status of this Memo.............................................1
1. IAB Membership...............................................3 1. IAB Membership...............................................3
1.1 Selection of voting IAB members............................3 1.1 Selection of voting IAB members............................3
1.2 Ex-Officio and Liaison members..............................3 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..........................................6 3.2 Executive Director..........................................6
3.3 Selection of the IRTF chair.................................6 3.3 Selection of the IRTF chair.................................6
3.4 Liaisons within the IETF....................................6 3.4 Liaisons within the IETF....................................6
3.5 Voting rule.................................................6 3.5 Voting rule.................................................6
3.6 Openness and confidentiality................................6 3.6 Openness and confidentiality................................6
Security Considerations.........................................6 Security Considerations.........................................7
Summary of Changes from RFC 1601................................7
References......................................................7 References......................................................7
Full Copyright Statement........................................7 Full Copyright Statement........................................7
Author's Address................................................7 Author's Address................................................7
1. IAB Membership 1. IAB Membership
The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) shall consist of 13 voting The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) shall consist of thirteen
members, composed of the IETF chair and 12 full members. The IETF voting members, composed of the chair of the Internet Engineering
chair, who is also the chair of the IESG, may vote on all official Task Force (IETF), and of twelve full members. The IETF chair, who
IAB actions except the approval of IESG members and appeals against is also the chair of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG),
IESG decisions. Ex-officio and liaison members may also attend IAB may vote on all official IAB actions except the approval of IESG
meetings but shall have no vote on official actions. members and appeals against IESG decisions. Ex-officio and liaison
members of the IAB may also attend IAB meetings but shall have no
vote on official actions.
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.
1.1 Selection of voting IAB members 1.1 Selection of voting IAB members
Voting IAB members, including the IETF chair, are selected and Voting 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 full 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.
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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].
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 vote but
participate fully in IAB discussions. However, an ex-officio position participate fully in IAB discussions. However, an ex-officio position
may be held by a voting member, who does not thereby lose his or her may be held by a voting member, who does not thereby lose his or her
vote. Liaison positions may not be held by a voting member. vote. Liaison positions may not be held by a voting member.
The IRTF chair is an ex-officio member of the IAB. The Executive The chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is an ex-officio
Director of the IAB is an ex-officio member of the IAB. member of the IAB. The IAB has an Executive Director who is an ex-
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.
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
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The IAB provides oversight of the process used to create Internet The IAB provides oversight of the process used to create Internet
Standards [BCP 9]. Standards [BCP 9].
The IAB serves as an appeal board for complaints of improper The IAB serves as an appeal board for complaints of improper
execution of the standards process, with powers defined in [BCP 9]. execution of the standards process, with powers defined in [BCP 9].
(d) RFC Series and IANA (d) RFC Series and IANA
The RFC Editor executes editorial management and publication of the The RFC Editor executes editorial management and publication of the
IETF permanent document series (Requests for Comments). The RFC IETF "Request for Comment" (RFC) document series, which is the
series constitutes the archival publication channel for Internet permanent document repository of the IETF. The RFC series
Standards and for other contributions by the Internet research and constitutes the archival publication channel for Internet Standards
engineering community. RFCs are available free of charge to anyone and for other contributions by the Internet research and engineering
via the Internet. The RFC Editor operates under the responsibility of community. RFCs are available free of charge to anyone via the
the IAB. Internet. The RFC Editor operates under the responsibility of the
IAB.
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) administers various The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) administers various
protocol parameters used by IETF protocols, delegating this protocol parameters used by IETF protocols, delegating this
administration as appropriate. The IANA operates with the advice and administration as appropriate. The IANA operates with the advice and
consent of the IAB on technical matters. consent of the IAB on technical matters, taking technical direction
from the IESG.
(e) External Liaison
The IAB acts as representative of the interests of the Internet
Society in technical liaison relationships with other organizations
concerned with standards and other technical and organizational
issues relevant to the world-wide Internet. Liaisons are kept as
informal as possible and must be of demonstrable value in improving
the quality of IETF specifications. Individual members of the IETF
are appointed as liaisons to other organizations by the IAB or IESG
as appropriate.
(f) Advice to ISOC (e) ISOC Liaison
The IAB acts as a source of advice and guidance to the Board of The IAB acts as a source of advice and guidance to the Board of
Trustees and Officers of the Internet Society concerning technical, Trustees and Officers of the Internet Society concerning technical,
architectural, procedural, and (where appropriate) policy matters architectural, procedural, and (where appropriate) policy matters
pertaining to the Internet and its enabling technologies. If pertaining to the Internet and its enabling technologies. If
necessary the IAB may convene panels of knowledgeable people, hold necessary the IAB may convene panels of knowledgeable people, hold
hearings, and otherwise pursue the investigation of specific hearings, and otherwise pursue the investigation of specific
questions or topics presented to it by the Internet Society. questions or topics presented to it by the Internet Society.
(f) External Liaison
The IAB acts as representative of the interests of the IETF and the
Internet Society in technical liaison relationships with other
organizations concerned with standards and other technical and
organizational issues relevant to the world-wide Internet. Liaisons
are kept as informal as possible and must be of demonstrable value in
improving the quality of IETF specifications. Individual members of
the IETF are appointed as liaisons to other organizations by the IAB
or IESG as appropriate.
2.1 Architectural oversight in more detail 2.1 Architectural oversight in more detail
A major role of the IAB is long range planning and coordination A major role of the IAB is long range planning and coordination
between different areas of IETF activity. The IAB, both collectively between different areas of IETF activity. The IAB, both collectively
and on an individual basis, is expected to pay attention to important and on an individual basis, is expected to pay attention to important
long-term issues in the Internet, and to make sure that these issues long-term issues in the Internet, and to make sure that these issues
are brought to the attention of the group(s) that are in a position are brought to the attention of the group(s) that are in a position
to address them. It is also expected to play a role in assuring that to address them. It is also expected to play a role in assuring that
the people responsible for evolving the Internet and its technology the people responsible for evolving the Internet and its technology
are aware of the essential elements of the Internet architecture. are aware of the essential elements of the Internet architecture.
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normally associated with such a position. The term of the IAB chair normally associated with such a position. The term of the IAB chair
shall be one year, with no restriction on renewal. The chair of the shall be one year, with no restriction on renewal. The chair of the
IAB may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds IAB may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds
of the members of the IAB, or as a result of his or her departure of the members of the IAB, or as a result of his or her departure
from the IAB. from the IAB.
The chair of the IAB shall have the authority to organize the IAB. The chair of the IAB shall have the authority to organize the IAB.
3.2 Executive Director 3.2 Executive Director
The chair of the IAB shall have the authority to appoint or remove an The chair of the IAB shall have the authority to appoint an Executive
Executive Director (ExecD) for a one-year renewable term. The ExecD Director (ExecD) for a one-year renewable term, and to remove him or
shall administer the internal operation of the IAB, e.g., her. The ExecD shall administer the internal operation of the IAB,
organization of meetings and reporting of their results. e.g., organization of meetings and reporting of their results.
The ExecD is an ex-officio member as defined in Section 1.2. The ExecD is an ex-officio member as defined in Section 1.2.
3.3 Selection of the IRTF chair 3.3 Selection of the IRTF chair
The IAB shall have the authority to appoint or remove the chair of The IAB shall have the authority to appoint the chair of the Internet
the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) for a two-year renewable Research Task Force (IRTF) for a two-year renewable term, and to
term. The IRTF chair shall be responsible for the management and remove him or her. The IRTF chair shall be responsible for the
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 voting IAB member (other than the
IETF chair), to be selected by the IAB, shall serve as liaisons to IETF chair), to be selected by the IAB, shall serve as liaisons to
the IESG. In addition, the IESG will appoint one of its members the IESG. In addition, the IESG will appoint one of its members
(other than the IETF chair) to serve as a liaison to the IAB. The (other than the IETF chair) to serve as a liaison to the IAB. The
IESG liaison may attend IAB meetings but shall have no vote. IESG liaison may attend IAB meetings but shall have no vote.
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fewer than seven votes in favour and not more than two against. fewer than seven votes in favour and not more than two against.
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 require to be kept confidential. financial matters may sometimes require to be kept confidential.
Specifically, the IAB makes use of the second level domain iab.org
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
This document replaces [RFC 1601]. The principal change is the removal
of material now covered in [BCP 8], [BCP 9] and [BCP 10], with many
consequent editorial changes. Additional changes are:
- description of a voting rule
- note on openness and confidentiality
- addition of liaison seats for the Internet Society and the IANA
- revised text concerning the IANA and the RFC Editor
References References
[RFC 1601]
[BCP 8] RFC 2014 or its replacement [BCP 8] RFC 2014 or its replacement
[BCP 9] RFC 2026 or its replacement [BCP 9] RFC 2026 or its replacement
[BCP 10] RFC 2282 or its replacement [BCP 10] RFC 2282 or its replacement
Full Copyright Statement Full Copyright Statement
PLACEHOLDER for full ISOC Copyright Statement if needed. PLACEHOLDER for full ISOC Copyright Statement if needed.
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