Internet Architecture Board

Request for Comments Internet Society Vint Cerf

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is "a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and an advisory body of the Internet Society (ISOC). Its responsibilities include architectural oversight of IETF activities, Internet Standards Process oversight and appeal, and the appointment of the Request for Comments (RFC) Editor. The IAB is also responsible for the management of the IETF protocol parameter registries."[1]

The body which eventually became the IAB was created originally by the United States Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency with the name Internet Configuration Control Board in 1979. Later, in 1983, the ICCB was reorganized by Dr. Barry Leiner, Vint Cerf's successor at DARPA, around a series of task forces considering different technical aspects of internetting. The re-organized group was named the Internet Activities Board.[2] It finally became the Internet Architecture Board, under ISOC, during January 1992, as part of the Internet's transition from a U.S.-government entity to an international, public entity.

The IAB is responsible for:

In its work, the IAB strives to:


The IAB's current responsibilities include:[3]

RFC1087 – Ethics and the Internet

The IAB's 1989 RFC "Ethics and the Internet"[4] strongly endorses the view of the Division Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation Division of Network, Communications, Research and Infrastructure which, in paraphrase, characterized as unethical and unacceptable any activity which purposely:


The following people have served as chair of the IAB:[5]


  1. ^ "About | Internet Architecture Board".
  2. ^ "Status memo". Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  3. ^ "IAB Job Description". Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  4. ^ "RFC1087 – Ethics and the Internet". Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  5. ^ "History page from the IAB website". Retrieved 2017-06-30.