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The Internet Society Rough Guide to IETF 89 – London Calling

It’s that time, again – in just over a week, more than a thousand Internet engineers will arrive in London to spend a week discussing the latest issues in Internet protocol engineering at IETF 89 (2-7 March). This meeting, as all IETF meetings, is important – and not just because they’ve happened 88 times before and we’re kind of in the habit of holding them! We believe that engineering the Internet, in a collaborative sharing of expertise, is the best way to ensure it has a positive future. The important questions for the Internet’s future are not just about who controls it (“governance”), but also about solving knotty technical issues – and that’s what IETFers are setting out to do.

The response to our “blogified” rough guide for the last IETF meeting was very positive, so we are again presenting you with a series of posts on particular topics of interest to us at the Internet Society – routing resiliency, IPv6, DNSSEC and its friends, trust, identity and privacy, and, of course, making the Internet stronger.

Before the IETF meeting itself, the IAB and W3C are jointly hosting a workshop on “Strengthening the Internet Against Pervasive Monitoring” (STRINT) on February 28 and March 1. While the workshop itself is invitational and already filled to capacity, you can see the many and varied position papers that were contributed to the activity (including our own) and look forward to a report from the workshop in the weeks that follow.

The Technical Plenary on Monday, 3 March, will follow the money in the Internet, focusing on payment systems and Bitcoin, with Malcolm Pearson from Microsoft China and Steve Kirsch from OneID presenting. It will be livestreamed at

The IGOVUPDATE IAB meeting on Thursday, 6 March, will focus on accounting of a different sort – accounting for protocol parameters through the IANA framework.

The IRTF open meeting on Wednesday, 5 March, will feature presentations from the two Applied Networking Research Prize winners attending the meeting:

The selection committee for the 2014 ANRP awards recently concluded its work of sifting through the highest number of nominations to date. The call for nominations for the 2015 award cycle will open in the autumn of 2014. Put it in your calendar now and submit your nominations when the time comes!

As already noted, we will also be holding the ISOC@IETF briefing panel to discuss the work of the IETF in the context of the Internet and the world at large. This time, during “Evolution of end-to-end: why the Internet is not like any other network” we’ll be doing a retrospective about the end-to-end principle of the Internet, and considering some predictions for its future relevance. The panel will be livestreamed as well, so plan to tune in.

If you want a quick overview of what happened at IETF 88 in Vancouver before you go to London, check out the latest edition of the IETF Journal (I also encourage you to subscribe to either the print or online version to receive future issues). We’re always interested in articles for upcoming issues, so if you’re following work at the London meeting and would be willing to provide an update, drop a line to

There’s lots going on at the upcoming IETF meeting, and whether you plan to be there or join remotely, there’s much to follow. Stay tuned for more topical updates from the Internet Society technical staff about pertinent technical sessions that are scheduled for IETF 89.

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