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Rough Guide to IETF 98 — In The Loop: IETF Heads to Chicago

Olaf Kolkman
By Olaf KolkmanPrincipal - Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy

It’s almost here! Pack your bags (or start your remote participation browser) and get ready for IETF 98! Starting on Sunday, 26 March, the Internet Engineering Task Force will be in Chicago, Illinois, where about 1000 engineers will spend a week discussing the latest issues in open standards and protocols. As usual, the agenda is packed, and the Internet Society is providing a ‘Rough Guide’ to the IETF via a series of blog posts on topics of mutual interest:

  • Internet of Things
  • Internet Infrastructure Resilience
  • Scalability & Performance
  • DNSSEC, DANE, and DNS Security
  • IPv6
  • Trust, Identity, and Privacy
  • Encryption

All these posts can be found, and will be archived, through our Rough Guide to IETF 98 overview page at

Here are some of the activities that the Internet Society is involved in and some of my personal highlights.

IETF Journal

Before we get to IETF 98, catch up on some of the highlights from IETF 97 in Seoul, South Korea, by reading Volume 12, Issue 3 of the IETF Journal. You can read all the articles online at, or pick up a hard copy in Chicago. Our cover article is a manifesto of why Internet-enabled businesses should care about the open standards and open source communities. We present the first two of a series of interviews with IETF leadership, in this case outgoing IETF chair Jari Arkko and his successor Alissa Cooper. Also in this issue, you’ll learn about CodeStand, a new initiative that matches developers with coding projects related to IETF activity. We have several Working Group and BoF updates, a summary of the pre-IETF Hackathon, and an article about the Internet Society briefing panel on the topic: The I in IoT: Implications for a Global Open Internet. Our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs, and coverage of the IAB technical plenary wrap up the issue.

If you’d like to write something for the next issue, please contact us at [email protected] You can subscribe to hard copy or email editions at


Through the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP, supported by the Internet Society) the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) recognizes the best new ideas in networking, and brings them to the IETF, especially in cases where the ideas are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. In Chicago, two talented researchers will present during the IRTF Open Meeting on Monday, 27 March, at 15:20 CDT:


Right before IETF 98, on 25-26 March, the IETF is holding another Hackathon to encourage developers to discuss, collaborate, and develop utilities, ideas, sample code, and solutions that show practical implementations of IETF standards. The Hackathon is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Read our article about the last Hackathon in the IETF Journal.

Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

A major highlight of every IETF is the new work that gets started in birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions. Getting new work started in the IETF usually requires a BoF to discuss goals for the work, the suitability of the IETF as a venue for pursuing the work, and the level of interest in and support for the work.

There are four BoFs happening in Chicago:

  • wugh – “WGs Using GitHub” will review the IETF WGs actively using GitHub today, the use of third-party services by IETF activities, and the issues related to using GitHub for IETF work in particular.
  • iasa20 – “IASA 2.0” will review and possibly rework administrative arrangements at the IETF.
  • casm – “Coordinated Address Space Management” proposes to standardize interfaces for coordinated management of IP addresses, including SDN/NFV networks and other forms of virtualization.
  • teep – “A Protocol for Dynamic Trusted Execution Environment Enablement” proposes to standardize a protocol for dynamic trusted execution environment enablement. A proposal for such a protocol has been published.

Other Noteworthy Things

Newly Nomcom-appointed members of IETF leadership will take their seats during IETF 98 and on this occasion that will include the seating of a new IETF Chair. Jari Arkko has chaired the IETF since 2013 and he will be succeeded by Alissa Cooper, the first woman to hold the position.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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