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  • IETF 116 Highlights and other thoughts 

    Mirja Kühlewind reports on a few highlights and some personal impressions from the IETF 116 Yokohama meeting held 25-31 March 2023.

    7 Jun 2023
  • Banishing the bane of bufferbloat 

    Bufferbloat affects everyone who uses the Internet, resulting in frustratingly slow web browsing, laggy video calls, and overall poor quality of experience for Internet users and there's a lot of work underway in the IETF to address it.

    23 May 2023
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