Re: [Cfrg] New round of applications for the Crypto Review Panel

Nick Sullivan <> Thu, 10 October 2019 23:56 UTC

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Dear CFRG,

We are keeping the call for nominations for the Crypto Review Panel open
until October 21st. If you have a nomination, please send them to We would like to encourage the nomination of strong
candidates who may be less likely to self-nominate.

Nick (on behalf of the chairs)

On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 11:15 AM Alexey Melnikov <>

> Dear CFRG participants,
> Crypto Review Panel is about to celebrate its 3rd anniversary this
> September. As chairs announced during the face-to-face CFRG meeting in
> Montreal, we would like to solicit more nominations. Please send them to
> Self-nominations are welcome (and indeed expected!). Nominations should
> be received by the chairs by CoB on September 8th. 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 Regards,
> Alexey (for the chairs)
> P.S. Charter of the Crypto Review Panel  is included below:
> ----------------------------------------------
> CFRG Review Panel
> Objectives:
> 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 documents.
> 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, IETF and Independent Stream documents.
> The recommendations coming out of panel reviews will not be binding on
> CFRG (or Security ADs/Independent Stream Editor), but are intended to
> provide high-quality input to augment the usual development process
> for CFRG and other 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.
> Processes:
> 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
> place.
> 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.
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