IAB seeks nominations for new IETF liaison to ICANN Board

  • The IAB is seeking nominations for a new IETF liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors, with the nomination period closing on July 9, 2024.
  • The IETF liaison serves a renewable two-year term, with plans to appoint the 2024-2026 liaison by August and seating by ICANN 81 in November.
  • Effective communication and a deep understanding of Internet protocols are essential for the IETF liaison, but potential barriers for candidates could limit the pool of qualified individuals.

The IAB maintains a close relationship with ICANN, providing recommendations regarding the DNS Root System. These suggestions include increasing the volatility and size of the Root Zone. While the IAB and ICANN have distinct specialties and missions, they both share a custodial responsibility for their parts of the internet. Despite starting separately and having different organisational structures, the current question remains: do we truly need such a multitude of separate internet organisations?
–Sylvia Shen, BTW reporter

The IAB is seeking nominations for a liaison to represent the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors. The nomination period will close on Tuesday, July 9, 2024.

IAB seeks new IETF liaison

The liaison serves a renewable two-year term. The IAB plans to appoint the 2024-2026 liaison by August, with seating by ICANN 81 in November. Harald Alvestrand, the current liaison since 2018, is willing to continue.

The IETF liaison to the ICANN Board must stay current with ICANN operations and developments. The liaison also updates ICANN on relevant IETF matters. Effective communication between the two organisations is essential.

The liaison should understand internet protocols, DNS, and assigned number management to identify potential issues or coordination needs

The IAB expects the IETF liaison to work well with others, frame new approaches, and understand the IETF-ICANN relationship. The liaison should commit time to attend ICANN and IETF meetings, typically three per year each. The liaison must adhere to all ICANN policies, particularly those related to confidentiality and conflict of interest, and avoid any potential conflicts.

ICANN ensures the stable and secure operation of the internet’s unique identifiers. Directors must act in ICANN’s and the global internet community’s best interests. The Board oversees management’s performance and the development of ICANN’s Operating and Strategic Plans.

The role of the IETF liaison to the board is non-voting.

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Also read: What is ICANN? Inside the non-profit org that ensures the stability of the internet

Potential barrier for candidates

The liaison plays a pivotal role in facilitating effective communication and ensuring that the interests of the global internet community are well represented.

The expectation for the liaison to have a deep understanding of internet protocols, DNS, and assigned number management is crucial but could also be a barrier for potential candidates, limiting the pool of qualified individuals.

The process could benefit from more transparency and inclusivity to encourage broader participation and a diversity of perspectives.


Sylvia Shen

Sylvia Shen is an editorial assistant at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Fintech and Blockchain. She graduated from the University of California, Davis. Send tips to s.shen@btw.media.

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