Internet Architecture Board (IAB)

Definition of Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is IAB (Internet Architecture Board)?

A technical advisory group for the Internet Society (ISOC). The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) oversees the evolution of Internet protocols and standards. It was established in 1983 and currently consists of 13 voting members, 6 of whom are nominated by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and approved by the ISOC. IAB members are part-time volunteers who provide the IETF community with advice and support.

The IAB’s functions include the following:

  • Overseeing the evolution of protocols for the architecture of the Internet
  • Overseeing the process for developing Internet standards and for managing and publishing the Request for Comments (RFC) series of standards documents
  • Providing guidance to the ISOC on technical and procedural matters relating to the Internet
  • Selecting and appointing the chair of the IETF and candidates for the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)

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