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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 28 April 2024 Intended status: Informational 7 July 2024
Expires: 30 October 2024 Expires: 8 January 2025
IRTF Code of Conduct IRTF Code of Conduct
draft-perkins-irtf-code-of-conduct-02 draft-perkins-irtf-code-of-conduct-03
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 are treated encourages broad participation, and one in which people are treated
with dignity, decency, and respect with dignity, decency, and respect
This document is a product of the Internet Research Steering Group
(IRSG).
About This Document About This Document
This note is to be removed before publishing as an RFC. This note is to be removed before publishing as an RFC.
The latest revision of this draft can be found at https://irtf- The latest revision of this draft can be found at https://irtf-
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Source for this draft and an issue tracker can be found at Source for this draft and an issue tracker can be found at
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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
5. Research Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 5. Research Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
6. Participation and Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6. Participation and Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
7. Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 7. Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
8. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 8. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
9. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 9. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
10. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 10. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
10.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 10.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
10.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 10.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 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 understand 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
Engineering Task Force (IETF), focuses on the shorter term issues of Engineering Task Force (IETF), focuses on the shorter-term issues of
engineering and standards making. 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 are treated encourages broad participation, and one in which people are treated
with dignity, decency, and respect. with dignity, decency, and respect.
This document represents the consensus of the Internet Research
Steering Group (IRSG). It is not an IETF product and is not a
standard.
2. Conduct 2. Conduct
The IRTF is committed to providing a safe and equitable 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, 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 research group meetings,
mailing lists and other online forums. Participants must follow the open meetings, conferences, workshops, other events, mailing lists,
IETF anti-harassment policy which also applies to the IRTF or other online forums. Participants must follow the IETF anti-
[ANTI-HARASSMENT]. harassment policy which also applies to the IRTF [ANTI-HARASSMENT].
Participants who believe they have been harassed, notice that someone Participants who believe they have been harassed, notice that someone
else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to
potential harassment or conduct, are encouraged to raise their potential harassment or conduct, are encouraged to raise their
concern with the relevant Research Group Chair or the IRTF Chair, or concern with the relevant Research Group Chair or the IRTF Chair, or
with the Ombudsteam [OMBUDSTEAM] who work on an independent and 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 the
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, by temporarily suspending
permanently suspend posting rights, based on the seriousness and posting rights, or after consultation with the IRTF Chair by
history of the behaviour. permanently suspending posting rights for an individual, based on the
seriousness and history of the behaviour.
Participants that have concerns about, or wish to appeal against, a Participants who have concerns about, or wish to appeal against, a
moderation decision should raise their concern with the IRTF Chair or moderation decision should raise their concerns with the IRTF Chair.
the Ombudsteam. If the concern relates to moderation decisions taken If the concern relates to moderation decisions taken by the IRTF
by the IRTF Chair, then it should raised with the Chair of the Chair, then it should be raised with the Chair of the Internet
Internet Architecture Board or with the Ombudsteam. These parties Architecture Board. These parties will review the situation and may
will review the situation and may reverse the moderation decision or 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,
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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and discussions, and should strive to make presentations and other and discussions, and should strive to make presentations and other
materials accessible to those with impaired vision or disabilities. materials accessible to those with impaired vision or disabilities.
Participants should also avoid the use of slang and unnecessary Participants should also avoid the use of slang and unnecessary
jargon in both spoken and written communication. When faced with jargon in both spoken and written communication. When faced with
English that may be difficult to understand, IRTF participants should English that may be difficult to understand, IRTF participants should
make a sincere effort to understand each other and to engage in make a sincere effort to understand each other and to engage in
conversation to clarify what was meant. conversation to clarify what was meant.
Participants should ensure that language and imagery used in IRTF Participants should ensure that language and imagery used in IRTF
documents, presentations, mailing lists, research group meetings, documents, presentations, mailing lists, research group meetings,
conferences, workshops, and other events, is respectful and open meetings, conferences, workshops, and other events, are
inclusive. Effective research uses terminology that is clear, respectful and inclusive. Effective research uses terminology that
precise, and widely accessible to readers from varying backgrounds is clear, precise, and widely accessible to readers from varying
and cultures. Participants are encouraged to follow the guidance on backgrounds and cultures. Participants are encouraged to follow the
inclusive language in [NISTIR8366] when making contributions to the guidance on inclusive language in [NISTIR8366] when making
IRTF [INCLUSIVE]. contributions to the IRTF [INCLUSIVE].
4. Academic Integrity 4. Academic Integrity
Participants must act with respect, honesty, transparency, and Participants must act with respect, honesty, transparency, and
fairness. They should be trustworthy, aspire to objectivity, aim to fairness. They should be trustworthy, aspire to objectivity, and aim
provide factual evidence in support of their claims and justification to provide factual evidence in support of their claims and
for their reasoning. They should be generous, give credit to others justification for their reasoning. They should be generous, give
where it is due, and recognise that understanding advances through credit to others where it is due, and recognise that understanding
the collaborative research efforts of many, rather than for the glory advances through collaborative research efforts of many, rather than
of a few. for the glory of a few.
Plagiarism, misrepresentation of authorship, and content Plagiarism, misrepresentation of authorship, and content
falsification constitute dishonesty and fraud. Such actions are falsification constitutes dishonesty and fraud. Such actions are
prohibited and the IRTF may take action against authors that commit prohibited and the IRTF may take action against authors who commit
them including retraction of the published work or exclusion of the them including retraction of the published work or exclusion of the
offending party from IRTF activities. offending party from IRTF activities.
The use of automated systems, for example large language models and The use of automated systems, for example, large language models and
other AI-based tools, to generate all or part of the content of a other AI-based tools, to generate all or part of the content of a
document, paper, presentation, or other submission to the IRTF must document, paper, presentation, or other submission to the IRTF must
be documented and credited such that it is clear what parts were be documented and credited such that it is clear what parts were
generated by the automated system. Using such tools without credit generated by the automated system. Using such tools without credit
is considered a misrepresentation of authorship. is considered a misrepresentation of authorship.
The IRTF publishes informational and experimental documents in the The IRTF publishes informational and experimental documents in the
RFC series. The nature of these documents, and their preceding RFC series. The nature of these documents, and their preceding
internet-drafts, is that they often extend or elaborate upon internet-drafts, is that they often extend or elaborate upon
previously published research results, to support ongoing development previously published research results, to support ongoing development
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It is a misrepresentation for authors to falsely claim that a It is a misrepresentation for authors to falsely claim that a
document represents the consensus view of a research group. document represents the consensus view of a research group.
Similarly, the editors of a research group consensus document must Similarly, the editors of a research group consensus document must
not misrepresent their role as that of authors. not misrepresent their role as that of authors.
5. Research Ethics 5. Research Ethics
Participants must ensure that their research, in particular research Participants must ensure that their research, in particular research
that involves human subjects or personal data, is conducted ethically that involves human subjects or personal data, is conducted ethically
and with respect for persons, in careful consideration of the risks and with respect for persons, in careful consideration of the risks
and benefits of the work, ensuring that those that bear the risk also and benefits of the work, ensuring that those who bear the risk also
gain some benefit, and with respect for the law and public interest. gain some benefit, and with respect for the law and public interest.
Participants should consult with their organisation's Institutional Participants should consult with their organisation's Institutional
Review Board, Research Ethics Committee, or similar, prior to Review Board, Research Ethics Committee, or similar, prior to
conducting research that might raise ethical concerns. conducting research that might raise ethical concerns.
Participants are refered to the guidance in the Menlo Report [MENLO], Participants are referred to the guidance in the Menlo Report
the Belmont Report [BELMONT], and the ACM Policy on Research [MENLO], the Belmont Report [BELMONT], and the ACM Policy on Research
Involving Human Participants and Subjects [ACM] for further Involving Human Participants and Subjects [ACM] for further
discussion of issues around ethical conduct of research. discussion of issues around ethical conduct of research.
6. Participation and Accessibility 6. Participation and Accessibility
To encourage broad participation, and support the goal of providing To encourage broad participation, and support the goal of providing
an open and inclusive forum that encourages diversity of ideas and an open and inclusive forum that encourages diversity of ideas and
diversity of participation, IRTF participants should consider diversity of participation, IRTF participants should consider
accessibility and access-related concerns when organising research accessibility and access-related concerns when organising research
group meetings, workshops, conferences, and other IRTF events to group meetings, open meetings, conferences, workshops, and other
ensure such events are broadly accessible to all that wish to events to ensure such events are broadly accessible to all who wish
participate. to participate.
Participants should work to enable remote participation in IRTF Participants should work to enable remote participation in IRTF
events to support those who cannot attend in person, and should aim events to support those who cannot attend in person, and should aim
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]. IRTF Research Groups may have open or limited membership [RFC2014].
Limited membership may be advantageous to the formation of the long Limited membership may be advantageous to the formation of the long-
term working relationships that are critical to successful term working relationships that are critical to successful
collaborative research. However, limited membership must be used collaborative research. However, limited membership must be used
with care and sensitivity to avoid unnecessary fragmentation of the with care and sensitivity to avoid unnecessary fragmentation of the
work of the research community. The charter of each Research Group work of the research community. The charter of each Research Group
defines its membership policy (whether open or limited), and the defines its membership policy (whether open or limited), and the
procedure to apply for membership in the group. While limited procedure to apply for membership in the group. While limited
membership is permitted, it is in no way encouraged or required. membership is permitted, it is in no way encouraged or required.
Research Group Chairs must enforce the membership policy of their Research Group Chairs must enforce the membership policy of their
group in a fair and transparent manner, providing clear rationale for group in a fair and transparent manner, providing a clear rationale
their decisions. Participants with concerns about administration of for their decisions. Participants with concerns about the
the membership policy for a research group, or who wish to appeal a administration of the membership policy for a research group, or who
membership decision, should raise their concern with the IRTF Chair. 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 In exceptional cases, advice from legal counsel may be to restrict an
individual from using IRTF systems and/or from participating in IRTF individual from using IRTF systems and/or from participating in IRTF
meetings. In such cases, the IRTF Chair will act following the research group meetings, open meetings, conferences, workshops, and
other events. In such cases, the IRTF Chair will act following the
principles outlined in the Statement on Restricting Access principles outlined in the Statement on Restricting Access
[RESTRICTING]. Due to the potential impact on the standards process, [RESTRICTING]. Due to the potential impact on the standards process,
arising from the use of shared infrastructure and joint meetings arising from the use of shared infrastructure and joint meetings
between IRTF and IETF, any such action by the IRTF Chair will only be between IRTF and IETF, any such action by the IRTF Chair will only be
taken in consultation with the IESG. 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 judgment 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. A further discussion of the differences from standards development. A further discussion of the differences
between IRTF and IETF can be found in [RFC7418]. 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.
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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, Vigdis Bronder, Ignacio Castro, Jane Thanks to Carsten Bormann, Vigdis Bronder, Ignacio Castro, Jane
Coffin, Jay Daley, Lars Eggert, Reese Enghardt, Stephen Farrell, Coffin, Jay Daley, Dhruv Dhody, Lars Eggert, Reese Enghardt, Stephen
Simone Ferlin, Mallory Knodel, Dirk Kutscher, Allison Mankin, Marie- Farrell, Simone Ferlin, Mallory Knodel, Dirk Kutscher, Allison
Jose Montpetit, Dave Oran, Pete Resnick, Melinda Shore, Niels ten Mankin, Marie-Jose Montpetit, Dave Oran, Pete Resnick, Melinda Shore,
Oever, Brian Trammell, and other members of the Internet Research Niels ten Oever, Brian Trammell, and other members of the Internet
Steering Group (IRSG) for their feedback on this code of conduct. 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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