The IAB is an independent committee of researchers
and professionals with a technical interest in the health and
evolution of the Internet system... IAB members are deeply committed to making the Internet function
effectively and evolve to meet a large scale, high speed future.
Vinton Cerf, The Internet Activities Board, May 1990.
The IAB evolved
from the Internet Configuration Control Board (ICCB) originally established
in 1979 by the ARPANET Program Manager Vinton Cerf,
and oversees development of the Internet technology standards.
In 1983, the ICCB was reorganized around a series of technical task forces
by Cerf's successor, Dr. Barry Leiner, and named the Internet Activities
The IAB was supported throughout the 1980's by the Federal Research Internet
Coordinating Committee (FRICC), an informal group of US Government managers
supporting inter-networking that was absorbed into the Federal Networking
Council in 1990.
In June, 1992, the Internet Activities Board was renamed the Internet
Architecture Board by the Internet Society at
the INET92 conference in Kobe, Japan. The roles and responsibilities of
the IAB are described in RFC
2850, and summarized below:
- Oversight. Provide oversight of the Internet architecture,
protocols, procedures, and standards.
- IETF oversight. Responsible for the IETF's relationships with
other standards bodies and related organizations.
The IAB is composed of 13 members, made up of 12 members nominated by the
IETF and approved by the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society, plus
the IETF chair who may vote on all official actions except approval of Internet
Engineering Steering Group members and IESG appeals. Each member serves
for two years, and may serve more than one term. Interestingly, members
of the IAB must serve as individuals, and not as representatives of a company,
agency, or other organization. The process is further described in IAB
and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process: Operation of the Nominating
and Recall Committees, RFC
Resources. Request For Comments documents by and about the
IAB are listed below:
1160; Vinton Cerf; The Internet Activities Board; May 1990
1601; C. Huitema; Charter of the Internet Architecture Board; Mar 1994
2026; S. Bradner; The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3; 9 Oct
2850; B. Carpenter,
Ed.; Charter of the Internet Architecture Board; May 2000
- RFC 3869; R. Atkinson, Ed.; S. Floyd,
Ed.; IAB Concerns and Recommendations Regarding Internet
Research and Evolution; Aug