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An IETF with Much Diversity and Professional Conduct (RFC7704)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245061D
Original Publication Date: 2015-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Feb-07
Document File: 36 page(s) / 41K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

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.

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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.

 Crocker & Clark               Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7704                   Diversity & Conduct             November 2015

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   This document is subject to BCP 78...