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    Plenary on Internet Hardening

      29 Oct 2013

      As I mentioned in “Security and Pervasive Monitoring” article in September, the IETF community has expressed concerned about the large-scale monitoring of Internet traffic.

      We are dedicating time to discuss this issue in the upcoming meeting in Vancouver next week.  This topic will be the focus of our Technical Plenary from 9:00 – 11:30 am PST (5:00 – 7:30pm UTC) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

      This plenary session is hosted by the Internet Architecture Board, and we are pleased to be joined by security researcher Bruce Schneier who will be outlining what we know and what we do not know about recent revelations of pervasive monitoring across the Internet. He will be followed by Brian Carpenter summarizing earlier debates within the IETF around privacy and security.  Security Area Director Stephen Farrell will then speak about the discussion to date on the “Perpass” mailing list and outline potential activities the IETF can pursue.  An open microphone time will follow which we can expect to bring lively debate.

      If you are unable to attend the technical plenary in person, we have several methods of remote participation, including live audio streams, Jabber chat rooms and conferencing sessions. On Twitter, we are live-tweeting with the #IETF88 hashtag. Additionally, we will be offering a live video stream of the technical plenary.  Our goal is to enable many more people to hear about the work going on within the technical community to address these important issues.

      To stay up-to-date on the video live stream and other news about the technical plenary, if you use social media we would encourage you to join the Technical Plenary event on Facebook or on Google+ (and feel free to share them). You also can, of course, join the perpass list or IETF main discussion list.

      I’m looking forward to a productive discussion in Vancouver, in the Technical Plenary and in the Perpass Birds-of-a-Feather session (also Wednesday). A number of other meetings also touch on this topic, such as the security area open meeting (SAAG, Thursday), the applications area open meeting (APPSAWG, Monday), HTTP 2.0 working group meeting (HTTPBIS, Monday and Tuesday), and the TLS working group meeting (TLS, Tuesday). The complete list of hardening-related topics in other sessions is here. I encourage you all to join us in the work to make the Internet more secure.

      P.S. The full agenda of the entire IETF meeting is here. The agenda is also available with UTC times for those of you who follow it over the network.

      P.P.S. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in setting up the remote participation facilities. Thank you! The most recent addition is the live video streaming, by Edward McNair and the VeriLAN team, Dan York, Glen Barney, Steve Young, Ray Pelletier, Greg Wood and others.

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