Thoughts on IETF Finance Arrangements
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Internet Engineering Task Force                                 J. Arkko
Internet-Draft                                                  Ericsson
Intended status: Informational                         February 28, 2017
Expires: September 1, 2017

                 Thoughts on IETF Finance Arrangements
                draft-arkko-ietf-finance-thoughts-00.txt

Abstract

   This short memo outlines the author's thoughts of current status and
   future development questions around IETF's financing mechanisms.

   This memo is also input for discussion that the IETF community should
   have.  The memo is the first part of the author's goal to document
   the status and various challenges and opportunities associated with
   the IETF Administrative Activity (IASA), in the context of the so
   called "IASA 2.0" project.

   The memo has no particular official standing, nor does it claim to
   represent more than the authors' thinking at the time of writing.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Discussion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

1.  Introduction

   The purpose of the IETF is to "... produce high quality, relevant
   technical and engineering documents that influence the way people
   design, use, and manage the Internet ..." [RFC3935].  This is of
   course only possible when the organisation offers a platform:
   process, and basic services that allow IETF participants to work
   Internet technology in an effective way.  One part of this platform
   is sufficient funding to run those services, maintain archives, have
   web presence, have staff that can do the final publication editing,
   etc.

   The IETF's funding situation is generally in good shape: The IETF has
   multiple sources of funds, from corporate supporters to participants
   to Internet Society and to donors interested ensuring in the long-
   term sustainability of the efforts.

   But there are issues as well, such as a rising cost trend in a
   setting where the basis of our funding from attendees and sponsors is
   staying largely the same.

   And, it is always good to evaluate our arrangements, and the ongoing
   "IASA 2.0" effort to assess the IETF Administrative Activity (IASA)
   organisation is a good moment to do this analysis [RFC4071] [IASA20].
   For the finance aspects as well as other organisational matters.

   This short memo outlines the author's view of the current status and
   future development questions around IETF's financing mechanisms.  The
   memo is the first part of the author's goal to document the status
   and various challenges and opportunities associated with IASA.

   This memo is also input for discussion that the IETF community should
   have.

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