Additional Criteria for Nominating Committee Eligibility
RFC 8989

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Authors Brian Carpenter  , Stephen Farrell 
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                      B. Carpenter
Request for Comments: 8989                             Univ. of Auckland
Category: Experimental                                        S. Farrell
ISSN: 2070-1721                                   Trinity College Dublin
                                                           February 2021

        Additional Criteria for Nominating Committee Eligibility


   This document defines a process experiment under RFC 3933 that
   temporarily updates the criteria for qualifying volunteers to
   participate in the IETF Nominating Committee.  It therefore also
   updates the criteria for qualifying signatories to a community recall
   petition.  The purpose is to make the criteria more flexible in view
   of increasing remote participation in the IETF and a reduction in
   face-to-face meetings.  The experiment is of fixed duration and will
   apply to one, or at most two, consecutive Nominating Committee
   cycles, starting in 2021.  This document temporarily varies the rules
   in RFC 8713.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for examination, experimental implementation, and

   This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Term and Evaluation of the Experiment
   3.  Goals
   4.  Criteria
     4.1.  Clarifying Detail
   5.  Omitted Criteria
   6.  IANA Considerations
   7.  Security Considerations
   8.  Normative References
   Appendix A.  Available Data
   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   According to [RFC8713], the IETF Nominating Committee (NomCom) is
   populated from a pool of volunteers with a specified record of
   attendance at IETF plenary meetings, which were assumed to be face-
   to-face meetings when that document was approved.  In view of the
   cancellation of the IETF 107, 108, 109, and 110 face-to-face
   meetings; the risk of future cancellations; the probability of less-
   frequent face-to-face meetings in the future in support of
   sustainability; and a general increase in remote participation, this
   document defines a process experiment [RFC3933] of fixed duration
   (described in Section 2) to use modified and additional criteria to
   qualify volunteers.

   During this experiment, the eligibility criteria for signing recall
   petitions -- which [RFC8713] defines to be the same as those for
   NomCom eligibility -- are consequently also modified as described in
   this document.  This experiment has no other effect on the recall

2.  Term and Evaluation of the Experiment

   The cancellation of the in-person IETF 107 through 110 meetings means
   that the current criteria are in any case seriously perturbed for at
   least 2 years.  The experiment therefore needs to start as soon as
   possible.  However, the experiment did not apply to the selection of
   the 2020-2021 NomCom, which was performed according to [RFC8788].

   The experiment will initially cover the IETF NomCom cycle that begins
   in 2021.  As soon as the entire 2021-2022 NomCom is seated, the IESG
   must consult the 2021-2022 NomCom Chair and the 2020-2021 NomCom
   Chair (who will maintain NomCom confidentiality) and publish a report
   on the results of the experiment.  Points to be considered are
   whether the experiment has produced a sufficiently large and diverse
   pool of individuals, whether enough of those individuals have
   volunteered to produce a representative NomCom with good knowledge of
   the IETF, and whether all the goals in Section 3 have been met.  If
   possible, a comparison with results from the previous procedure
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