IETF ISOC Board of Trustee Appointment Procedures (RFC3677)
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-10
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
L. Daigle: AUTHOR [+3]
This memo outlines the process by which the IETF makes a selection of an Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees appointment.
Network Working Group L. Daigle, Ed.
Request for Comments: 3677 Internet Architecture Board
BCP: 77 IAB
Category: Standards Track December 2003
IETF ISOC Board of Trustee Appointment Procedures
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This memo outlines the process by which the IETF makes a selection of
an Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees appointment.
The Internet Society (ISOC) provides organizational and financial
support for the IETF. As stipulated in ISOC's by-laws the IETF is
called upon to name 3 Trustees to its Board (BoT), with staggered 3
year terms. This requires that the IETF name one Trustee each year.
This memo outlines the process by which the IETF makes that
selection. This process will also be used in the event of mid-term
vacancies that may arise with IETF nominated Board positions.
1.1. Overview of Selection Process
In brief, this document describes the timeframe and procedures for
the IAB to solicit public input and make a selection for the open
position each year.
An alternative approach to making a selection for these positions
would be to use the IETF's NomCom (RFC 2727  and its revisions).
However, that NomCom is chartered and defined specifically to the
task of making selections for IETF organization tasks, and the ISOC
BoT appointment process does not fit that in 2 ways:
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1. the timeframe of the appointment does not mesh with the IETF
2. the nature of the deliberations and the type of information
solicited would be significantly different for an external
appointment, such as this appointment to the ISOC BoT
The first issue (timing) could be resolved fairly easily for this
specific appointment. The second issue is more general, and not
reasonably reconciled with the IETF NomCom task as currently
The process described in RFC 2727 is oriented toward soliciting
feedback from the IETF community with respect to individuals and
technical positions with which they have personal experience. To
make a good decision on external appointments, in general, the NomCom
would have to understand the requirements for those positions, and
attempt to evaluate candidates for a very different set of skills
than is required of IAB/IESG members. It might also require
soliciting feedback from outside the IETF community. There is no
question that the individuals that constitute the IETF NomCom each
year have the competence to carry out such a search; the issue is
that it is a very different task, would require additional time and
resources, and therefore is a side effort that could very well
undermine the effectiveness of th...