Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Jari Arkko on IETF's 2013 and plans for 2014

"Internet-governance. Largely fuelled by the surveillance discussion, in 2013 we saw a lot of discussion about Internet governance on existing and new forums. This will continue in 2014. Our role at the IETF is to be a part of the growing Internet community who cares that the Internet can continue to be managed in appropriate ways, consistent with its long evolution.

None of this would be possible to accomplish without a strong and growing organisation. To that end, we’ve spent a lot of effort in improving inclusiveness at all levels. In March, we started a discussion of what can we do to improve the diversity of IETF participants, leadership, and ensuring that we hear all voices. I’m proud of the various programs and initiatives that we have today on making diverse participation easier: ISOC policy and fellow programs, the mentoring program, anti-harassment policy, update of the IETF code of conduct, decision to have a meeting in South America, and so on. And the discussion itself is perhaps the most important result, because I think it will remind all of us how important this issue is, and allows us to actively take these considerations into account. But work needs to continue here – this is just a small step. It is also a small part of the long-time process that has turned IETF to the international organisation it is." More at