How not to IETF: Lessons Learned From Failed Standardization Attempts

Welzl, M., Ott, J., Perkins, C. , Islam, S. and Kutscher, D. (2023) How not to IETF: Lessons Learned From Failed Standardization Attempts. In: Second International Workshop on Negative Results in Pervasive Computing (PerFail 2023), Atlanta, USA, 13 March 2023, ISBN 9781665453820 (doi: 10.1109/PerComWorkshops56833.2023.10150250)

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Protocol standards work is an interesting mixture of technical, political, financial, and human factors. Standardization processes require stamina as they may be lengthy, and they demand frustration resistance as they may hold surprises at all stages. While this certainly bears some similarity to academic endeavors, the need to build broader consensus and the potential of far reaching industry impact, among other factors, lead to different incentives and value systems. Peer review perspectives may also differ notably. In this paper, we discuss issues we came across in the past when trying to develop and advance technologies in the IETF or push presumed solid technology solutions towards standardization. We summarize our personal perspectives on the lessons learned.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:Work supported, in part, by EPSRC grant EP/S036075/1.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Perkins, Dr Colin
Authors: Welzl, M., Ott, J., Perkins, C., Islam, S., and Kutscher, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 IEEE
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events (PerCom Workshops)
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
304292Streamlining Social Decision Making for Improved Internet StandardsColin PerkinsEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/S036075/1Computing Science