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  • IETF 116 Yokohama registration now open

    Registration is now open for IETF 116 Yokohama

    • Jay DaleyIETF Executive Director
    24 Nov 2022
  • IETF 115 post-meeting survey

    IETF 115 London was held 5-11 November 2022

    • Jay DaleyIETF Executive Director
    22 Nov 2022
  • Catching up on IETF 115

    Recordings are now available for sessions held during the IETF 115 meeting and the IETF Hackathon, where more than 1500 participants gathered in London and online 5-11 November 2022.

      13 Nov 2022
    • Opportunities for university researchers and students during IETF 115

      The upcoming IETF 115 meeting in London on 5-11 November 2022 is a unique opportunity for networking researchers to learn how RFCs are written, to engage with the Internet standards community to begin to develop research impact, and to meet more than 1,000 leading technologists from around the world currently working in industry, academia, and other organizations.

        1 Nov 2022
      • Suggested IETF 115 Sessions for Getting Familiar with New Topics

        These IETF 115 meeting sessions are likely to include discussions and new proposals that are accessible to a broad range of Internet technologists whether they are new to the IETF or long-time participants.

          24 Oct 2022

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        WebRTC: Marking a milestone in real-time communications

        • Alissa CooperIETF Chair

        27 Jan 2021

        The publication of the standards that provide a foundation for Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) marks a milestone in the development of conferencing services used by billions of people around the world.

        More than a decade ago, when rich web applications were in their infancy, engineers from across the web and real-time communications industries came together to tackle a challenging problem: could modern voice and video over IP technology be brought to the ubiquitous platform of the Web?

        The task was daunting. Real-time communications involved complicated protocol mechanics and network address translation (NAT) traversal machinery, while the Web lacked the APIs and security model needed to safely effectuate two-way real-time communications. But the idea of being able to make a video call in your browser at the click of a button presented nearly limitless possibilities for collaboration, connection, and productivity. 

        That idea has become a reality for billions of users around the world thanks to years of intensive work to standardize WebRTC in the IETF and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Last week, the IETF published a set of 50 specifications (comprising the bulk of RFCs published in January) that define the core WebRTC protocol stack together with several other protocols that use WebRTC building blocks. Earlier this week, the W3C published WebRTC 1.0, the web APIs that makes browser-to-browser calls possible. Even prior to the finalization of these specifications—years prior, in fact—WebRTC technologies were being deployed and used as part of most modern services that use voice or video, including many that do not involve web browsers. The availability of WebRTC code, APIs, and standards has made it simple to add real-time communications functionality to any application. And that widespread availability has been a true lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

        There is already work underway to extend WebRTC. The IETF WebTransport (WEBTRANS) work is aiming to build out additional web support for a variety of transport properties. The WebRTC Ingest Signaling over HTTPS (WISH) work is focusing on the development of a protocol to support one-way WebRTC-based audiovisual sessions between broadcasting tools and real-time media broadcast networks. Similar work to expand the use cases of WebRTC is ongoing in the W3C.

        Finishing the core WebRTC standards required tremendous effort from dozens of IETF and W3C participants over many years. The end result is a hugely popular technology suite that fulfills the Internet’s central promise—connecting people—on a global scale every day. It will be exciting to see what the future holds as the IETF community continues to build on this success.


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