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IRTF C. S. Perkins IRTF C. S. Perkins
Internet-Draft University of Glasgow Internet-Draft University of Glasgow
Intended status: Informational 23 October 2023 Intended status: Informational 4 March 2024
Expires: 25 April 2024 Expires: 5 September 2024
IRTF Code of Conduct IRTF Code of Conduct
draft-perkins-irtf-code-of-conduct-00 draft-perkins-irtf-code-of-conduct-01
Abstract Abstract
This document describes the code of conduct for participants in the This document describes the code of conduct for participants in the
Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).
The IRTF believes that research is most effective when done in an The IRTF believes that research is most effective when done in an
open and inclusive forum that encourages diversity of ideas and open and inclusive forum that encourages diversity of ideas and
diversity of participation. Through this code of conduct, the IRTF diversity of participation. Through this code of conduct, the IRTF
will continue to strive to create and maintain an environment that will continue to strive to create and maintain an environment that
encourages broad participation, and one in which people from encourages broad participation, and one in which people are treated
different backgrounds are treated with dignity, decency, and respect with dignity, decency, and respect
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Table of Contents Table of Contents
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2. Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
3. Language and Imagery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 3. Language and Imagery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
4. Academic Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4. Academic Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
5. Research Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 5. Research Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
6. Participation and Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6. Participation and Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
7. Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 7. Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
8. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 8. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
9. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 9. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
10. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 10. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
10.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 10.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
10.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 10.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
1. Introduction 1. Introduction
The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) promotes research of The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) promotes research of
importance to the evolution and deployment of the Internet protocols, importance to the evolution and deployment of the Internet protocols,
applications, architecture and technology, and to understanding the applications, architecture and technology, and to understanding the
development of the Internet in all its diversity and for all its development of the Internet in all its diversity and for all its
users, considering both technical, economic, and societal challenges users, considering both technical, economic, and societal challenges
of such development. The IRTF focuses on longer term research issues of such development. The IRTF focuses on longer term research issues
related to the Internet while a parallel organisation, the Internet related to the Internet while the parallel organisation, the Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF), considers the shorter term issues of Engineering Task Force (IETF), focuses on the shorter term issues of
engineering and standards development. engineering and standards making.
The IRTF believes that research is most effective when done in an The IRTF believes that research is most effective when done in an
open and inclusive forum that encourages diversity of ideas and open and inclusive forum that encourages diversity of ideas and
diversity of participation. Through this code of conduct, the IRTF diversity of participation. Through this code of conduct, the IRTF
will continue to strive to create and maintain an environment that will continue to strive to create and maintain an environment that
encourages broad participation, and one in which people of many encourages broad participation, and one in which people are treated
different backgrounds are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. with dignity, decency, and respect.
2. Conduct 2. Conduct
The IRTF is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience The IRTF is committed to providing a safe and equitable experience
for all participants. Those participating in the IRTF must extend for all participants. Those participating in the IRTF must extend
respect and courtesy to others at all times. respect and courtesy to others at all times.
Harassment is unwelcome, hostile, or intimidating behaviour, in Harassment is unwelcome, hostile, or intimidating behaviour, in
particular speech or behaviour that is sexually aggressive or that particular speech or behaviour that is sexually aggressive or that
intimidates based on attributes such as education, race, gender, intimidates based on attributes such as education, race, gender,
religion, age, colour, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical religion, age, colour, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical
condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity [RFC7776]. condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity [RFC7776].
Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to, the use of Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to, the use of
offensive language or sexual imagery in public presentations and offensive language or sexual imagery, degrading verbal comments,
displays, degrading verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or
stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual
contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. attention.
Harassment will not be tolerated in IRTF meetings and events, or on Harassment will not be tolerated in IRTF meetings and events, or on
mailing lists and other online forums. Participants must follow the mailing lists and other online forums. Participants must follow the
IETF anti-harassment policy which also applies to the IRTF IETF anti-harassment policy which also applies to the IRTF
[ANTI-HARASSMENT]. [ANTI-HARASSMENT].
If you believe you have been harassed, notice that someone else is If you believe you have been harassed, notice that someone else is
being harassed, or have any other concerns, you are encouraged to being harassed, or have any other concerns, you are encouraged to
raise your concern with the relevant Research Group Chair, the IRTF raise your concern with the relevant Research Group Chair, the IRTF
Chair, or the Ombudsteam [OMBUDSTEAM] who work on an independent and Chair, or the Ombudsteam [OMBUDSTEAM] who work on an independent and
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The IRTF operates and makes use of a number of mailing lists and The IRTF operates and makes use of a number of mailing lists and
other online discussion forums. At the time of this writing, other online discussion forums. At the time of this writing,
Research Group chairs act as moderators for such forums used by their Research Group chairs act as moderators for such forums used by their
research groups and the IRTF Chair moderates IRTF-wide lists and research groups and the IRTF Chair moderates IRTF-wide lists and
discussion forums. Other moderators may be appointed in future. discussion forums. Other moderators may be appointed in future.
Harassment or disruption due to the posting of messages that are Harassment or disruption due to the posting of messages that are
inflammatory, abusive, or otherwise inappropriate, or the repeated inflammatory, abusive, or otherwise inappropriate, or the repeated
posting of off-topic material, on these lists and discussion forums posting of off-topic material, on these lists and discussion forums
will not be tolerated. Moderators will respond to harassing or will not be tolerated. Moderators will respond to harassing or
disruptive behaviour with a warning in the first instance, but disruptive behaviour with either a warning, or temporarily or
thereafter may temporarily or permanently suspend posting rights for permanently suspend posting rights, based on the seriousness and
any individual engaging in such behaviour. history of the behaviour.
If you have concerns about, or wish to appeal against, a moderation
decision then you should raise your concern with the IRTF Chair or
the Ombudsteam. If the concern relates to moderation decisions taken
by the IRTF Chair, then it should raised with the Chair of the
Internet Architecture Board or with the Ombudsteam. These parties
will review the situation and may reverse the moderation decision or
take other action as appropriate.
3. Language and Imagery 3. Language and Imagery
English is the de facto language in which the IRTF works, but is not English is the de facto language in which the IRTF works, but is not
the native language of many IRTF participants. All participants, the native language of many IRTF participants. All participants,
particularly those with English as a first language, should attempt particularly those with English as a first language, should attempt
to accommodate the needs of others by communicating clearly. to accommodate the needs of others by communicating clearly.
Participants are reminded that reading, writing, and conversing in a Participants are reminded that reading, writing, and conversing in a
language where one is not a native speaker may be difficult, and to language where one is not a native speaker may be difficult, and to
treat those doing so with grace if they do so imperfectly. treat those doing so with grace if they do so imperfectly.
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together, and often co-locate meetings and other activities, they together, and often co-locate meetings and other activities, they
have different goals and work in different ways. have different goals and work in different ways.
The IETF is a consensus-driven standards developing organisation, The IETF is a consensus-driven standards developing organisation,
where participants use their best engineering judgement to find the where participants use their best engineering judgement to find the
best solution for the whole Internet, as it stands today, and to best solution for the whole Internet, as it stands today, and to
develop the best technical standards to make the Internet work develop the best technical standards to make the Internet work
better. IRTF research can be more speculative, and takes a longer- better. IRTF research can be more speculative, and takes a longer-
term view of the development of the Internet without the requirements term view of the development of the Internet without the requirements
for consensus or near-term applicability and deployability that come for consensus or near-term applicability and deployability that come
from standards development. from standards development. A further discussion of the differences
between IRTF and IETF can be found in [RFC7418].
Compared to the IETF equivalent [RFC7154], this IRTF code of conduct Compared to the IETF equivalent [RFC7154], this IRTF code of conduct
reflects those differences in emphasis between the two organisations. reflects those differences in emphasis between the two organisations.
8. Security Considerations 8. Security Considerations
This IRTF code of conduct does not directly affect the security of This IRTF code of conduct does not directly affect the security of
the Internet. the Internet.
Research results, when translated into practice, have the potential Research results, when translated into practice, have the potential
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8366 (NISTIR 8366), DOI 10.6028/NIST.IR.8366, April 2021, 8366 (NISTIR 8366), DOI 10.6028/NIST.IR.8366, April 2021,
<https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.IR.8366>. <https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.IR.8366>.
[OMBUDSTEAM] [OMBUDSTEAM]
"Ombudsteam", November 2013, "Ombudsteam", November 2013,
<https://www.ietf.org/contact/ombudsteam/>. <https://www.ietf.org/contact/ombudsteam/>.
[RFC7154] Moonesamy, S., Ed., "IETF Guidelines for Conduct", BCP 54, [RFC7154] Moonesamy, S., Ed., "IETF Guidelines for Conduct", BCP 54,
RFC 7154, DOI 10.17487/RFC7154, March 2014, RFC 7154, DOI 10.17487/RFC7154, March 2014,
<https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7154>. <https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7154>.
[RFC7418] Dawkins, S., Ed., "An IRTF Primer for IETF Participants",
RFC 7418, DOI 10.17487/RFC7418, December 2014,
<https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7418>.
[RFC7776] Resnick, P. and A. Farrel, "IETF Anti-Harassment [RFC7776] Resnick, P. and A. Farrel, "IETF Anti-Harassment
Procedures", BCP 25, RFC 7776, DOI 10.17487/RFC7776, March Procedures", BCP 25, RFC 7776, DOI 10.17487/RFC7776, March
2016, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7776>. 2016, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7776>.
[RFC8890] Nottingham, M., "The Internet is for End Users", RFC 8890, [RFC8890] Nottingham, M., "The Internet is for End Users", RFC 8890,
DOI 10.17487/RFC8890, August 2020, DOI 10.17487/RFC8890, August 2020,
<https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc8890>. <https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc8890>.
10.2. Informative References 10.2. Informative References
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