Charter of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) (RFC1601)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
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This memo documents the composition, selection, roles, and organization of the Internet Architecture Board and its subsidiary organizations. This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
Network Working Group C. Huitema Request for Comments: 1601 Internet Architecture Board Obsoletes: 1358 March 1994 Category: Informational
Charter of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
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This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This memo documents the composition, selection, roles, and organization of the Internet Architecture Board and its subsidiary organizations.
1. IAB Membership
The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) shall consist of 13 voting members, composed of the IETF chair and 12 full members. The IETF chair, who is also the chair of the IESG, may vote on all official IAB actions except the approval of IESG members. Ex-officio members and a liaison from the IESG may also attend IAB meetings but shall have no vote on official actions.
Voting IAB members shall serve for a term of two years, but may serve any number of terms.
Members of the IAB shall serve as individuals, and not as representatives of any company, agency, or other organization.
1.1 Selection of voting IAB members
Voting IAB members shall be nominated by the nominating committee of the IETF and appointed by an appropriate group. The 12 full members shall be approved by vote of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC), while the IETF chair shall be approved by vote of the 12 full IAB members then sitting. Normally, six new full members are nominated each year.
The IETF nomination committee is formed every year and consists of a non-voting chair designated by the Internet Society and seven members picked at random from a pool of volunteers. Any person who took part in two IETF meetings in the last two years may
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volunteer for this pool. The nomination committee also includes four non-voting liaison members, one designated by each of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society, the IAB, the IESG, and the IRSG.
New IAB members shall be selected each year to replace those whose terms have expired or been vacated. The nomination committee shall prepare a list containing at least one candidate for each open position, and present this list to the ISOC Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will by a vote appoint IAB members from the list of nominees to fill the open positions.
There is no limit to the number of terms that a member of the IAB may serve. A member that wishes to be re-nominated at the end of a term simply notifies the nomination committee. However, there is no obligation for renomination.
1.2 Ex-Officio Members
The IRSG chair and the RFC Editor shall be Ex-officio members of the IAB, with no vote in official actions. An ex-officio position may be held by a voting member.
2. The Role of the IAB:
The IAB was chartered as a component of the Internet Society in June of 1992. Its responsibilities under this charter include:
(a) IESG Selection
The IAB appoints...