QUIC Protocol Human Rights Review

Interesting, related to Safe Network protocol development:

QUIC Human Rights Review

QUIC is a new transport protocol that provides low-latency
communication and security. QUIC’s key features include faster
connection establishment, stream-based multiplexing, improved loss
recovery, and no head-of-line blocking. This document assesses the
potential human rights implications emerging from the deployment of


Interesting perspective indeed. From the conclusion (reordered to put most relevant ones to SAFE at top):

The following is a list of potential improvements that we invite the
QUIC Working group to take into consideration, wishing for the
protocol to have even greater positive implications for human rights.

  • Examine the opportunity to translate the QUIC specification into
    other languages.

  • Discuss the viability to make tooling for running QUIC servers
    openly available.

  • Observe and iteratively assess the implications of QUIC on the
    power relations between end user on one end of the spectrum, and
    network operators and service providers on the other one.

  • Consider deploying IP header encryption as an optional extension.

  • As the QUIC Working Group is expected to deliberate on the
    potential inclusion of the spin bit in the main specification of
    the protocol at the upcoming IETF103 (November 3-9, 2018), we
    suggest to consider not to include it. Our recommendation is
    motivated by the concerns raised in regards to its implications on
    user privacy, as reported in this very document, and also shared
    by some of the interviewees.

  • Evaluate the addition of language tagging and charset
    identification in the case of Reason Phrase in the


Good to know that besides having many technical advantages QUIC is also more socially fair :slight_smile: Hopefully the deployment will be relatively fast.