IETF Administrative Support Activity 2.0: Update to the Process for Selection of Trustees for the IETF Trust
RFC 8715

Document Type RFC - Informational (February 2020; No errata)
Author Jari Arkko 
Last updated 2020-02-27
Replaces draft-arkko-iasa2-trust-rationale
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          J. Arkko
Request for Comments: 8715                                      Ericsson
Category: Informational                                    February 2020
ISSN: 2070-1721

  IETF Administrative Support Activity 2.0: Update to the Process for
                Selection of Trustees for the IETF Trust

Abstract

   This document captures the rationale for the changes introduced in
   RFC 8714, "Update to the Process for Selection of Trustees for the
   IETF Trust".

   At the time RFC 8714 was published, the changes to the IETF
   Administrative Support Activity, Version 2.0 (IASA 2.0) had an impact
   on the IETF Trust because members of the IETF Administrative
   Oversight Committee (IAOC), which was being phased out, had served as
   Trustees of the IETF Trust.  This document provides background on the
   past IETF Trust arrangements, explains the effect of the rules in the
   founding documents during the transition to the new arrangement, and
   provides a rationale for the update.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
   approved by the IESG are candidates for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8715.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Background
   3.  General Approach
   4.  Changing the Way Trustees Are Selected
   5.  Transition
   6.  Security Considerations
   7.  IANA Considerations
   8.  References
     8.1.  Normative References
     8.2.  Informative References
   Acknowledgements
   Author's Address

1.  Introduction

   This document captures the rationale for the changes introduced in
   [RFC8714].

   At the time [RFC8714] was published, the changes to the IETF
   Administrative Support Activity, Version 2.0 (IASA 2.0) had an impact
   on the IETF Trust [RFC4071] [RFC4371] [RFC8711].  This is because
   members of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), which
   was being phased out, had served as Trustees of the IETF Trust.  A
   minimal change regarding the selection of the Trustees is implemented
   by [RFC8714].

   This companion memo provides some background on the details of the
   past IETF Trust arrangements, explains the effect of the rules in the
   founding documents during the transition to the new arrangement, and
   provides a rationale for the update.

2.  Background

   The purpose of the IETF Trust is to acquire, hold, maintain, and
   license certain existing and future intellectual property and other
   property used in connection with the administration of the IETF
   [RFC8714].  The intellectual property is, for instance, rights that
   the IETF contributors grant for text in RFCs and Internet-Drafts.
   The IETF Trust also manages trademarks such as "IETF" and domain
   names such as "ietf.org".  The IETF Trust is also serving the broader
   Internet community by holding domains and trademarks associated with
   the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) [RFC7979].

   The IETF Trust is a legal entity, registered in the Commonwealth of
   Virginia [Trust-FD].

   Previously, the members of the IAOC also served as ex officio
   Trustees of the IETF Trust.  The founding documents specify persons
   eligible to become Trustees as having to be then-current members of
   the IAOC [Trust-FD].  The documents also specify that if for any
   reason there are fewer than three individuals serving as Trustees,
   then the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), or the IESG's
   successor as the leadership of the IETF, shall appoint one or more
   individuals to serve in a temporary capacity as Trustee(s) until
   eligible persons can be found.

   In the previous system, there were eight voting members of the IAOC.
   Two were named by the IETF Nominating Committee (NomCom), one by the
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