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IETF 19 March 2019

Concluding the IETF Rough Guide, Long Live the IETF Blog

Mat Ford
By Mat FordTechnology Programme Manager

For many years we have produced a series of blog posts as a Rough Guide to each upcoming IETF meeting usually in the week prior to the meeting. The Rough Guides were intended to provide a snapshot of IETF activity of interest to the Internet Society because of programmatic activity that we were engaged in. They were also an opportunity to highlight the activities sponsored directly by the Internet Society that were happening adjacent to the upcoming IETF meeting.

Rough Guides were intended to help guide a non-specialist but technically minded audience to the hot topics and debates of interest at each upcoming IETF meeting with pointers to the agenda and remote participation possibilties. Originally intended to help spur meeting attendance by those interested in the key topics, they became a way to highlight important discussions taking place and ways to get involved in person or remotely.

As we are now less than a week away from the IETF 104 meeting in Prague it seemed like the right time to share an update regarding our plans for writing about IETF activity. We have decided to discontinue producing the Rough Guides. Instead, we will be helping to supply relevant, high-quality content for the IETF Blog.

News about upcoming meetings, post-meeting wrap-ups and articles about work on specific technical topics taking place at IETF are now regular features of the IETF blog. It is providing an excellent resource for the wider audience interested in the work of the IETF and ways to get involved. Recent posts on the IETF Blog have included a summary of potential new work being discussed at IETF 104; an update on ACME  a technology that is automating steps towards increased encryption on the Internet; and an introduction to MUD  a new protocol which addresses the challenge of managing an increasing number of Things on our networks.

We will continue to write about the IETF and the technical work taking place in the many working groups through the Internet Society’s regular channels. We may also help to curate content from the IETF community for publication on the IETF blog, as needed.

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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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