IETF Trends and Observations

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
Authors Jari Arkko  , Alia Atlas  , Avri Doria  , Tobias Gondrom  , Olaf Kolkman  , Steve Olshansky  , Benson Schliesser  , Robert Sparks  , Russ White 
Last updated 2016-09-01 (latest revision 2016-02-29)
Stream (None)
Expired & archived
pdf htmlized bibtex
Stream Stream state (No stream defined)
Consensus Boilerplate Unknown
RFC Editor Note (None)
IESG IESG state Expired
Telechat date
Responsible AD (None)
Send notices to (None)

This Internet-Draft is no longer active. A copy of the expired Internet-Draft can be found at


While most of the work in the IETF is technical, the IETF should and does regularly examine itself, including its processes and goals, to determine if the technical community is truly serving the larger network engineering community effectively. Changes in this area tend to be incremental, as is fitting for an organization with decades of experience and history in developing and managing the process of building technical specifications. The rapid and ongoing changes in the world have recently caused a number of IETF participants to examine the current processes and operation of the IETF, particularly in the context of the culture of the IETF. This memo discusses some cultural and global trends in relation to the IETF's operating environment, how these trends might affect the operation of the IETF, and notes some topics for further exploration. Writing this memo has been inspired by involvement in various decisions that the IETF leadership has to take part in, often wishing to be able to draw more on understanding trends and their impact on the IETF. This memo is also input for discussion that the IETF community should have. The memo has no particular official standing, nor does it claim to represent more than the authors' thinking at the time of writing. There is no intent on the part of the authors for this to be published as a RFC. Please direct discussion about this topic to the mailing list.


Jari Arkko (
Alia Atlas (
Avri Doria (
Tobias Gondrom (
Olaf Kolkman (
Steve Olshansky (
Benson Schliesser (
Robert Sparks (
Russ White (

(Note: The e-mail addresses provided for the authors of this Internet-Draft may no longer be valid.)