Alexey Melnikov

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Alexey Melnikov is currently co-director of the IETF Applications and Real-Time Area and is the Internet Messaging Team Lead at Isode. In his spare time he also tries to help maintain Cyrus SASL. Alexey is the author or co-author of 55+ published RFCs related to electronic mail and application layer security. In the past he co-chaired the Sieve, Kitten and Usefor IETF Working Groups. Since 1998 his areas of interest have included IMAP, email filtering using Sieve, mobile network optimizations of application protocols, application protocol and format design, real-time collaboration and security frameworks for providing authentication and data integrity/confidentiality. Alexey received a bachelor's degree with honors in computer science and mathematics from Moscow State University.


Area Director of Constrained RESTful Environments (core)
Area Director of Managed Incident Lightweight Exchange (mile)
Area Director of Hypertext Transfer Protocol (httpbis)
Area Director of Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (dmarc)
Area Director of Using TLS in Applications (uta)
Area Director of Internet Engineering Steering Group (iesg)
Area Director of ART Area Review Directorate for Applications (appsdir)
Area Director of Applications and Real-Time Area (art)
Area Director of Dispatch (dispatch)
Area Director of Content Delivery Networks Interconnection (cdni)
Area Director of Email mailstore and eXtensions To Revise or Amend (extra)
Area Director of Calendaring Extensions (calext)
Area Director of Brand Indicators for Message Identification (bimi)
Area Director of JSON Mail Access Protocol (jmap)
Area Director of Concise Binary Object Representation Maintenance and Extensions (cbor)
Chair of ART Area Review Team (artart)
Chair of Applications and Real-Time Area Open Meeting (artarea)
Chair of Crypto Forum (cfrg)
Member of The Tools Team (tools)
Reviewer in Security Area Directorate (secdir)
Secretary of ART Area Review Team (artart)


rfc3503 Mar 2003 Message Disposition Notification (MDN) profile for Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
rfc3691 Feb 2004 Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) UNSELECT command
rfc4314 Dec 2005 IMAP4 Access Control List (ACL) Extension
rfc4422 Jun 2006 Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)
rfc4466 Apr 2006 Collected Extensions to IMAP4 ABNF
rfc4549 Jun 2006 Synchronization Operations for Disconnected IMAP4 Clients
rfc4550 Jun 2006 Internet Email to Support Diverse Service Environments (Lemonade) Profile
rfc4551 Jun 2006 IMAP Extension for Conditional STORE Operation or Quick Flag Changes Resynchronization
rfc4731 Nov 2006 IMAP4 Extension to SEARCH Command for Controlling What Kind of Information Is Returned
rfc4752 Nov 2006 The Kerberos V5 ("GSSAPI") Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) Mechanism
rfc4954 Jul 2007 SMTP Service Extension for Authentication
rfc5092 Nov 2007 IMAP URL Scheme
rfc5161 Mar 2008 The IMAP ENABLE Extension
rfc5162 Mar 2008 IMAP4 Extensions for Quick Mailbox Resynchronization
rfc5178 May 2008 Generic Security Service Application Program Interface (GSS-API) Internationalization and Domain-Based Service Names and Name Type
rfc5182 Mar 2008 IMAP Extension for Referencing the Last SEARCH Result
rfc5232 Jan 2008 Sieve Email Filtering: Imap4flags Extension
rfc5255 Jun 2008 Internet Message Access Protocol Internationalization
rfc5258 Jun 2008 Internet Message Access Protocol version 4 - LIST Command Extensions
rfc5259 Jul 2008 Internet Message Access Protocol - CONVERT Extension
rfc5337 Sep 2008 Internationalized Delivery Status and Disposition Notifications
rfc5435 Jan 2009 Sieve Email Filtering: Extension for Notifications
rfc5437 Jan 2009 Sieve Notification Mechanism: Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)
rfc5465 Feb 2009 The IMAP NOTIFY Extension
rfc5466 Feb 2009 IMAP4 Extension for Named Searches (Filters)
rfc5490 Mar 2009 The Sieve Mail-Filtering Language -- Extensions for Checking Mailbox Status and Accessing Mailbox Metadata
rfc5550 Aug 2009 The Internet Email to Support Diverse Service Environments (Lemonade) Profile
rfc5788 Mar 2010 IMAP4 Keyword Registry
rfc5802 Jul 2010 Salted Challenge Response Authentication Mechanism (SCRAM) SASL and GSS-API Mechanisms
rfc5803 Jul 2010 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Schema for Storing Salted Challenge Response Authentication Mechanism (SCRAM) Secrets
rfc5804 Jul 2010 A Protocol for Remotely Managing Sieve Scripts
rfc5819 Mar 2010 IMAP4 Extension for Returning STATUS Information in Extended LIST
rfc6047 Dec 2010 iCalendar Message-Based Interoperability Protocol (iMIP)
rfc6133 Jul 2011 Sieve Email Filtering: Use of Presence Information with Auto-Responder Functionality
rfc6134 Jul 2011 Sieve Extension: Externally Stored Lists
rfc6196 Mar 2011 Moving mailserver: URI Scheme to Historic
rfc6237 May 2011 IMAP4 Multimailbox SEARCH Extension
rfc6331 Jul 2011 Moving DIGEST-MD5 to Historic
rfc6455 Dec 2011 The WebSocket Protocol
rfc6468 Feb 2012 Sieve Notification Mechanism: SIP MESSAGE
rfc6477 Jan 2012 Registration of Military Message Handling System (MMHS) Header Fields for Use in Internet Mail
rfc6533 Feb 2012 Internationalized Delivery Status and Disposition Notifications
rfc6558 Mar 2012 Sieve Extension for Converting Messages before Delivery
rfc6657 Jul 2012 Update to MIME regarding "charset" Parameter Handling in Textual Media Types
rfc6710 Aug 2012 Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Extension for Message Transfer Priorities
rfc6758 Oct 2012 Tunneling of SMTP Message Transfer Priorities
rfc6839 Jan 2013 Additional Media Type Structured Syntax Suffixes
rfc7162 May 2014 IMAP Extensions: Quick Flag Changes Resynchronization (CONDSTORE) and Quick Mailbox Resynchronization (QRESYNC)
rfc7281 Jun 2014 Authentication-Results Registration for S/MIME Signature Verification
rfc7377 Oct 2014 IMAP4 Multimailbox SEARCH Extension
rfc7444 Feb 2015 Security Labels in Internet Email
rfc7613 Aug 2015 Preparation, Enforcement, and Comparison of Internationalized Strings Representing Usernames and Passwords
rfc7804 Mar 2016 Salted Challenge Response HTTP Authentication Mechanism
rfc7817 Mar 2016 Updated Transport Layer Security (TLS) Server Identity Check Procedure for Email-Related Protocols
rfc7888 May 2016 IMAP4 Non-synchronizing Literals
rfc7912 Jun 2016 Message Authorizing Email Header Field and Its Use for the Draft and Release Procedure
rfc8098 Feb 2017 Message Disposition Notification
rfc8265 Oct 2017 Preparation, Enforcement, and Comparison of Internationalized Strings Representing Usernames and Passwords
rfc8398 May 2018 Internationalized Email Addresses in X.509 Certificates
rfc8494 Nov 2018 Multicast Email (MULE) over Allied Communications Publication (ACP) 142

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