Re: [Cfrg] CFRG Review Panel - Draft Charter

"Paterson, Kenny" <> Wed, 07 September 2016 08:16 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Cfrg] CFRG Review Panel - Draft Charter
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Dear CFRG,

A quick reminder: if you are thinking of nominating someone for the CFRG
Review Panel (including yourself), then you have just a couple of days
left to do so: nominations close on the 9th.



On 20/07/2016 21:58, "Paterson, Kenny" <> wrote:

>Dear CFRG,
>Alexey and I would like to thank people for responding to our call for
>feedback on the Crypto Review Panel idea. Feedback has been generally
>positive and we had some good suggestions on the scope and possible
>contents of reviews (thanks particularly to Yoav Nir and Yaron Sheffer for
>their thoughts). We will incorporate those suggestions in a more refined
>"charter text" in due course.
>Moving forward, we would now like to issue a formal call for nominations
>for members of the panel. Self-nominations are welcome (and indeed
>expected!). Nominations should be received by the chairs by CoB on
>September 9th. Nominations should at a minimum include an e-mail address
>for follow-up and a paragraph or two of rationale (e.g. outlining relevant
>experience and skills).
>Questions on- or off-list are welcome.
>Best wishes,
>Kenny (for the chairs)
>On 10/05/2016 13:56, "Cfrg on behalf of Alexey Melnikov"
>< on behalf of> wrote:
>>Dear CFRG participants,
>>Kenny and I would like to solicit comments on the Crypto Review Panel
>>that we announced in Buenos Aires.
>>We would like to solicit review of objectives and process outlined below.
>>Please express your opinions and/or suggest your edits by the end of May
>>22nd. Both replies to the mailing list and directly to chairs are
>>Best Regards,
>>Kenny and Alexey
>>CFRG Review Panel
>>CFRG is a volunteer-led activity that currently relies on the goodwill of
>>its participants to provide review of documents.
>> This can result in documents not receiving enough scrutiny, or
>>examination only being forthcoming over an unacceptably long period
>> of time. Also, there is lack of consistency between reviews of different
>>The CFRG Review Panel will ensure that CFRG chairs have at their disposal
>>sufficient resources and lightweight processes
>> to provide critical, objective, timely and consistent review of
>>cryptographic algorithms
>> in IRTF and IETF documents.
>>The recommendations coming out of panel reviews will not be binding on
>>CFRG, but are intended to provide high-quality
>> input to augment the usual development process for CFRG drafts.
>>Reviews will identify issues - both security issues and deployment issues
>>- but not necessarily low-level nits and
>> typos. Reviews will also identify relevant research, or the need for
>>further research.
>>When CFRG chairs decide that a document would benefit from a panel
>>review, they will select one or more reviewers
>> and request a review within a given time period (typically 2 to 4
>>weeks). Reviews will be made public via the CFRG mailing list; private
>> discussion between reviewers, authors and CFRG chairs may also take
>>A document's authors may identify conflicts and conflicts of interest
>>with particular panel members. Such conflicts
>> should be notified to the CFRG chairs by the authors (or panel members)
>>when the chairs initiate the review process.
>>Not every CFRG draft needs to be reviewed by the panel; documents that
>>are not CFRG drafts may also be reviewed by
>> the panel.
>>The CFRG chairs will make appointments to the Review Panel.  The panel
>>will be composed of 6-8 members; it may be
>> increased in size by the CFRG chairs should the number of documents to
>>review necessitate the increase.
>>Reviewers will be appointed to the panel for a period of 2 years,
>>renewable. The CFRG chairs will endeavour to ensure
>> that the Review Panel has a balanced composition covering the main
>>technical areas of relevance to CFRG. Individuals may self-nominate
>> or nominate others for panel membership.
>>Being a panel member represents a commitment to review documents in a
>>timely and thorough fashion; reviewers' panel
>> membership will be rescinded at the discretion of the CFRG chairs.