Welcome to the latest issue of the IETF Journal, covering topics discussed during and following IETF 67 in San Diego in November 2006. As you may notice, we’ve made a number of improvements to the format and presentation of the journal as well as a change to the cataloguing and numbering system. The new numbering system is designed to more accurately reflect the specific IETF meeting being reported in a particular issue. It’s also intended to avoid the confusion that may arise when journal issues are categorised by season. we’re certain our friends in the Southern Hemisphere will appreciate the modification.
In this issue you’ll find updates on the work of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), a report on progress being made with respect to e-mail address internationalisation (EAI), and a summary of developments related to IPv6 and Mobility, along with our regular columns by IETF chair Brian Carpenter and Internet Architecture Board (IAB) chair Leslie Daigle. A summary of the plenary and a related article, “Reflections on Internet Transparency” appear later in this issue.
The new IETF administrative structure is making progress. Please find a report on developments in this issue of the IETF Journal.
The IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) has been active and has achieved a number of milestones, including the success of the first IETF meeting organised under a new operating model.
This issue also includes Jonathan Rosenberg’s in-depth look at the Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE), his review of the network address translation (NAT) traversal for the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and his mention of alternative solutions.
After the success of the pilot phase of a new fellowship program launched by the Internet Society (ISOC) to facilitate IETF inclusion of Internet technologists from developing countries, ISOC has announced that the program will continue. The ISOC Fellowship to the IETF program covers selected fellows’ costs of attending an IETF meeting, and it pairs each fellow with an IETF veteran, who serves as a meeting mentor. The program awards fellowships to up to five individuals per IETF meeting. See a short article for more information about the program and for a pointer to sponsorship opportunities in this issue.
We wish you fun reading, and we welcome your comments and contributions for future issues of this publication.