Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF
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                Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF
                    draft-gont-diversity-analysis-00

Abstract

   This document discusses a number of structural issues that currently
   hinders diversity and inclusiveness in the IETF.  The issues
   discussed in this document are non-exhaustive, but still provide a
   good starting point for the IETF to establish a more comprehensive
   agenda to foster diversity and inclusiveness.

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Table of Contents

   1.  DISCLAIMER  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Perceived Return of Investment (ROI)  . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   5.  Effects of Current Participation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  Diversity in IETF groups and leadership roles . . . . . . . .   5
     6.1.  IESG  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     6.2.  WG Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     6.3.  NOMCOM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  Processes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   8.  Difficulty in Joining the IETF  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   9.  Economic Constraints  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   10. Educational Constraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   11. Cultural Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     11.1.  Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     11.2.  Using email effectively  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     11.3.  Comfort zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   12. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   13. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   14. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   15. Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12

1.  DISCLAIMER

   For the most part, many of the topics discussed in this document are
   the result of on-list and off-list conversations with a number of
   IETF participants, and are based personal experiences of said group
   of colleagues, and what such group believes are some of the
   structural problems hindering diversity in the IETF.

   As such, it is very likely (and possibly guaranteed!) that there are
   aspects that are partially (or even totally!) overlooked.  If you
   feel that is the case, please do contact the authors, and feel free
   to educate us on what we may have missed.  The authors will be happy
   to incorporate co-authors where needed, include ideas from others
   while giving due credit, or even include ideas while anonymizing the
   source or author of the proposal.

   Please refer to Section 3 regarding the terminology employed
   throughout this document.

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