An IETF with Much Diversity and Professional Conduct (RFC7704)
Original Publication Date: 2015-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Feb-07
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
D. Crocker: AUTHOR [+2]
This document discusses IETF participation, in terms of the nature of diversity and practical issues that can increase or decrease it. The topic has received recent discussion in the IETF, and the document represents the authors' assessments and recommendations about it, in the belief that it is constructive for the IETF and that it is consonant with at least some of the IETF community's participants.
Independent Submission D. Crocker Request for Comments: 7704 Brandenburg InternetWorking Category: Informational N. Clark ISSN: 2070-1721 Pavonis Consulting November 2015
An IETF with Much Diversity and Professional Conduct
The process of producing today's Internet technologies through a
culture of open participation and diverse collaboration has proved
strikingly efficient and effective, and it is distinctive among
standards organizations. During the early years of the IETF and its
antecedent, participation was almost entirely composed of a small
group of well-funded, American, white, male technicians,
demonstrating a distinctive and challenging group dynamic, both in
management and in personal interactions. In the case of the IETF,
interaction style can often contain singularly aggressive behavior,
often including singularly hostile tone and content. Groups with
greater diversity make better decisions. Obtaining meaningful
diversity requires more than generic good will and statements of
principle. Many different behaviors can serve to reduce participant
diversity or participation diversity. This document discusses IETF
participation in terms of the nature of diversity and practical
issues that can increase or decrease it. The document represents the
authors' assessments and recommendations, following general
discussions of the issues in the IETF.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for informational purposes.
This is a contribution to the RFC Series, independently of any other RFC stream. The RFC Editor has chosen to publish this document at its discretion and makes no statement about its value for implementation or deployment. Documents approved for publication by the RFC Editor are not a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.
Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7704.
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