Fri, 06 Aug 2004 17:51:17 GMT

IETF News. The IETF, despite the fact that it keeps the Internet running, doesn䴜t get much news coverage. I suspect that䴜s partly because its structure is pretty well 100% opaque and incomprehensible to outsiders (and it seems to not a few insiders, especially newbies like me). There䴜s actually no such organization as the IETF but there are (in alphabetical order) CNRI (who run the Secretariat) and Foretec and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and the Internet Research Task Force and the Internet Society (ISOC) and the RFC Editor. Anyhow, there䴜s news. Big news, I think. Most of it I don䴜t understand and the parts that I do I may have been told in confidence. The fairly severe angst coming out of this spilled over into the Jabber channels from Thursday night䴜s plenary session. I think it may be as smooth and simple as the IETF trying to do the same thing more efficiently, or it could be a lot more complicated and ugly. Don䴜t ask me to explain it; but I think it matters. [ongoing]

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interesting happenings, i wonder why, probably money related…. major changes are almost always money related.

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