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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 4 March 2024 Intended status: Informational 28 April 2024
Expires: 5 September 2024 Expires: 30 October 2024
IRTF Code of Conduct IRTF Code of Conduct
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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
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Table of Contents Table of Contents
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
8. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 8. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 10.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
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 the parallel organisation, the Internet related to the Internet while the parallel organisation, the Internet
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offensive language or sexual imagery, degrading verbal comments, offensive language or sexual imagery, degrading verbal comments,
deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or
recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual recording, inappropriate physical 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 Participants who believe they have been harassed, notice that someone
being harassed, or have any other concerns, you are encouraged to else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to
raise your concern with the relevant Research Group Chair, the IRTF potential harassment or conduct, are encouraged to raise their
Chair, or the Ombudsteam [OMBUDSTEAM] who work on an independent and concern with the relevant Research Group Chair or the IRTF Chair, or
with the Ombudsteam [OMBUDSTEAM] who work on an independent and
confidential basis. All such concerns will be seriously considered, confidential basis. All such concerns will be seriously considered,
and action will be taken as appropriate, up to and including and action will be taken as appropriate, up to and including
exclusion of the offending party from IRTF activities. exclusion of the offending party from IRTF activities.
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 either a warning, or temporarily or disruptive behaviour with either a warning, or temporarily or
permanently suspend posting rights, based on the seriousness and permanently suspend posting rights, based on the seriousness and
history of the behaviour. history of the behaviour.
If you have concerns about, or wish to appeal against, a moderation Participants that have concerns about, or wish to appeal against, a
decision then you should raise your concern with the IRTF Chair or moderation decision should raise their concern with the IRTF Chair or
the Ombudsteam. If the concern relates to moderation decisions taken the Ombudsteam. If the concern relates to moderation decisions taken
by the IRTF Chair, then it should raised with the Chair of the by the IRTF Chair, then it should raised with the Chair of the
Internet Architecture Board or with the Ombudsteam. These parties Internet Architecture Board or with the Ombudsteam. These parties
will review the situation and may reverse the moderation decision or will review the situation and may reverse the moderation decision or
take other action as appropriate. 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,
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to make materials available online in a timely and broadly accessible to make materials available online in a timely and broadly accessible
manner. manner.
The IRTF will work to provide travel grants, fee waivers, childcare, The IRTF will work to provide travel grants, fee waivers, childcare,
and other support to help participation by students, early career and other support to help participation by students, early career
researchers, members of under-represented groups, those with researchers, members of under-represented groups, those with
disabilities, and others who might otherwise be unable to disabilities, and others who might otherwise be unable to
participate. Participants are encouraged to make use of these participate. Participants are encouraged to make use of these
opportunities. opportunities.
IRTF Research Groups may have open or limited membership [RFC2014].
Limited membership may be advantageous to the formation of the long
term working relationships that are critical to successful
collaborative research. However, limited membership must be used
with care and sensitivity to avoid unnecessary fragmentation of the
work of the research community. The charter of each Research Group
defines its membership policy (whether open or limited), and the
procedure to apply for membership in the group. While limited
membership is permitted, it is in no way encouraged or required.
Research Group Chairs must enforce the membership policy of their
group in a fair and transparent manner, providing clear rationale for
their decisions. Participants with concerns about administration of
the membership policy for a research group, or who wish to appeal a
membership decision, should raise their concern with the IRTF Chair.
In exceptional cases, advice from legal counsel may be to restrict an
individual from using IRTF systems and/or from participating in IRTF
meetings. In such cases, the IRTF Chair will act following the
principles outlined in the Statement on Restricting Access
[RESTRICTING]. Due to the potential impact on the standards process,
arising from the use of shared infrastructure and joint meetings
between IRTF and IETF, any such action by the IRTF Chair will only be
taken in consultation with the IESG.
7. Rationale 7. Rationale
The IRTF is not the IETF. While the two organisations work closely The IRTF is not the IETF. While the two organisations work closely
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
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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
"Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in "Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in
Documentary Standards", Interagency or Internal Report Documentary Standards", Interagency or Internal Report
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/>.
[RESTRICTING]
"Statement on Restricting Access to IETF IT Systems",
October 2022, <https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/statement-
iesg-statement-on-restricting-access-to-ietf-it-systems-
20221031/>.
[RFC2014] Weinrib, A. and J. Postel, "IRTF Research Group Guidelines
and Procedures", BCP 8, RFC 2014, DOI 10.17487/RFC2014,
October 1996, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc2014>.
[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", [RFC7418] Dawkins, S., Ed., "An IRTF Primer for IETF Participants",
RFC 7418, DOI 10.17487/RFC7418, December 2014, RFC 7418, DOI 10.17487/RFC7418, December 2014,
<https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7418>. <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
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Acknowledgments Acknowledgments
This work is supported in part by the UK Engineering and Physical This work is supported in part by the UK Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council under grant EP/S036075/1. Sciences Research Council under grant EP/S036075/1.
This document is based, in part, on the IETF guidelines for conduct This document is based, in part, on the IETF guidelines for conduct
[RFC7154]. The influence of the code of conduct and other policies [RFC7154]. The influence of the code of conduct and other policies
of ICANN, the USENIX Association, and the Association for Computing of ICANN, the USENIX Association, and the Association for Computing
Machinery is also gratefully acknowledged. Machinery is also gratefully acknowledged.
Thanks to Carsten Bormann, Jane Coffin, Jay Daley, Lars Eggert, Thanks to Carsten Bormann, Vigdis Bronder, Ignacio Castro, Jane
Stephen Farrell, Dirk Kutscher, Marie-Jose Montpetit, Melinda Shore, Coffin, Jay Daley, Lars Eggert, Reese Enghardt, Stephen Farrell,
Niels ten Oever, and the other members of the Internet Research Simone Ferlin, Mallory Knodel, Dirk Kutscher, Allison Mankin, Marie-
Steering Group (IRSG) for their feedback on this document. Jose Montpetit, Dave Oran, Pete Resnick, Melinda Shore, Niels ten
Oever, Brian Trammell, and other members of the Internet Research
Steering Group (IRSG) for their feedback on this code of conduct.
Author's Address Author's Address
Colin Perkins Colin Perkins
University of Glasgow University of Glasgow
Email: csp@csperkins.org Email: csp@csperkins.org
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