I wanted to create this blog as an additional
communications channel, providing some insight into the kinds of things
that the chair is working on, as well as hopefully soliciting further
feedback on what we should be thinking about or doing at the IETF. As we
learn how well this channel works, it could perhaps expand into being
used by others, such as other area directors.
A couple of weeks ago I learned that the IETF nominating committee
had picked me to become the new IETF chair, to follow Russ Housley as he
is stepping down from his six-year term. Since then I have been working
daily with Russ on learning what the chair has to do, reviewing
processes and status of various support organisations, and talking to
people. I have just started this process, and I want to talk to many of
you personally, to find out what the importance of IETF is for you,
where we could improve, and what new things we should perhaps be working
And I am excited. Because I get to work with you, the people at the
IETF. And because I think we keep working on interesting technologies
that have a bright future. Such as networking smart objects or WebRTC,
to name a couple of personal favourites. And I am grateful that I am
allowed to do this work, for nomcom, and for Ericsson.
But it also strikes me that we are in a very different place than we
were six years ago when Russ started his work, or when Brian Carpenter
or Harald Alvestrand started their work a couple of years earlier. Back
then we had serious problems on many areas. After the administrative
restructuring, building a professional support organisation, setting up
IT infrastructure, rewriting the datatracker, developing tools to
support the IETF work, making the leadership work in much more
transparent manner, and countless other improvements have made a
significant change. It is not always easy to remember these changes, as
they happen on long time scales, but the end result is that today it is
much easier to work in the IETF than it used to be. So thank you Russ,
previous chairs, all the volunteer tool developers, IESG, administrative
director and committee, secretariat staff, IANA, RFC Editor and
countless others for these improvements!
Not that there wouldn’t be challenges. There are plenty – otherwise
our work would be too easy and boring. I’ll talk more about some of
those challenges in future articles.
See you all soon in Orlando – the IETF meeting is just two weeks away!