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A WEEK WITH THE GODS OF INTERNET – DAY 2 – Monday 27th July 2009


Work Group Meetings

Today was my first experience with any of IETF Working Group Meeting. At one hand this session was much helpful for me to understand the happening on the Routing Area and on other it really helped me understanding that how the drafts are being formulated, discussed and given the status of Internet Drafts. These internet drafts eventually become the RFCs.

So its not really a very complex process, one can join any existing Working Area( through an email list) and start contributing towards the Subject or issue being discussed. At some point if you realize that you have a solution for a problem which is either being identified or not yet you can make a presentation and start discussing it. The list and area directors (after a discussion among the Working Group members) will decide that this should be further discussed or should become the part of agenda or not. Once the issue or the solution is being recognized the Working group needs to be decided.

After the WG decision it becomes the part of the Agenda for IETF discussions and meetings. The Guidelines for the presenters of drafts are as follows; so other than one’s engineering capabilities it is expected from the presenter to maintain a gentle behavior throughout.

• Be professional, honest, friendly, and fair
• Be tolerant on input, carefully on output
• Limit presentations to assigned time slot
• Try to keep comments and emails concise and carefully thought out
• Try to speak clearly

I have managed to attend two Work groups, Mobility for IPv4 and Routing Area Open Meeting.

There are 14 Working Groups under Routing Area and the Chairs or Co-Chairs of the Working groups have been asked to provide the updates on the proceedings within their areas. The Area Directors are usually gentle in the communication however at couple of occasions I have found them being very blunt with couple of Co-Chairs on the time line issues. It is however commendable that within IETF both the Area directors and Chairs are willing to accept their mistakes openly in front of the Audience.

The working Groups being discussed today under Routing Area are BFD, CCAMP, FORCES, IDR, IS-IS, L3VPN, MANET, MPLS, OSPF, PCE, PIM, ROLL, RTGWG, SIDR and VRRP.
The Draft which was being discussed in the Routing Area Open meeting was draft-lebovitz-kmart-roadmap as known as KMART Roadmap. This Stands for Key management and authentication of routing transports. The main theme behind this Draft is

• Harden the Internet’s routing infrastructure
• Prevent attacks at the routing protocol bits on the wire

I have never seen such a severe grilling of a presenter (in a gentle and positive way) – so you need to really know what you are talking about if you are presenting something in front of the IETF community. I really admire the patience and gentleness of the presenter and learned quite a lot out of that presentation; not only technically but also in regards of presentation skill set.

Stockholm’s ISOC Chapter Reception

In the evening ISOC fellows for IETF were invited by the Stockholm Chapter of IETF. It was a simple but decent arrangement and the attendees were offered snacks and drinks.
The ISOC Staff is always willing to introduce the fellows to the experts. This provides tremendous opportunity to us to know the experts defining the Internet of today and tomorrow.

So I took this opportunity to have a detailed session with Jon McNerney, the chief operating officer at ISOC. We have chatted almost half an hour or so on how to involve Pakistani experts in the Running and future programs of ISOC. I have found him very interested in the happenings at Pakistan and his willingness to start programs for Pakistan really encouraged me ask that ISOC should plan a INET in Pakistan – Jon said “why Not”

The Internet Society holds multiple INETS each year, each with a unique regional focus and a selection of topics most relevant to the communities involved. The mutual benefits of this approach are clear. Local Internet communities get exposure to Internet issues of global and regional importance, and access to world class technology and policy experts. In return, the experience of each unique INET enriches The Internet Society’s presence on the global stage.

I have also discussed different options by which ISOC can have more participation in the awareness programs for Pakistani Professionals and Jon has agreed to further discuss this over the emails to formulate a plan for Pakistan Chapter.

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