Internet-Draft Additional Eligibility Criteria July 2020
Carpenter & Farrell Expires 2 January 2021 [Page]
Network Working Group
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B.E. Carpenter
Univ. of Auckland
S. Farrell
Trinity College Dublin

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 probable decline in face-to-face meetings. This document temporarily varies the rules in RFC 8713.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

According to [RFC8713], the IETF Nominating Committee is populated from a pool of volunteers with a specified record of attendance at IETF plenary face-to-face meetings. In view of the unexpected cancellation of the IETF 107 meeting, the risk of future cancellations, the probability of less frequent meetings in future in support of sustainability, and a general increase in remote participation, this document defines a process experiment [RFC3933] of fixed duration to use additional criteria to qualify volunteers.

Also according to [RFC8713], the qualification for signing a community petition for the recall of certain IETF office-holders is that same as for the Nominating Committee. This document does not change that, but see Section 7.

The source for this is at and PRs are welcome there. Discussion on the list is also welcome.

2. Term of the Experiment

The cancellation of the in-person IETF 107 meeting, and the risk of IETF 108 also being cancelled, mean that the current criteria are in any case seriously perturbed for the next two years. The experiment therefore needs to start as soon as possible. However, the experiment does not apply to the selection of the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee.

The experiment will cover the two IETF Nominating Committee cycles starting in 2021 and 2022. As soon as the 2022-2023 Nominating Committee is seated, the IESG must consult the Nominating Committee chairs involved and publish a report on the results of the experiment. The IESG must then also begin a community discussion of whether to amend [RFC8713] in time for the 2023 Nominating Committee cycle.

3. Goals

The goals of the additional criteria are as follows:

4. Criteria

There will be several alternative paths to qualification, replacing the single criterion in section 4.14 of [RFC8713]. Any one of the paths is sufficient, unless the person is otherwise disqualified under section 4.15 of [RFC8713]:

5. Open Questions

6. Available data

An analysis of how some of the above criteria would affect the number of NomCom-qualified participants if applied in June 2020 has been performed. The results are presented below in Venn diagrams as Figure 1 to Figure 4. Note that the numbers shown may differ slightly from manual counts due to database mismatches.

7. Possible Future Work

8. IANA Considerations

This document makes no request of IANA.

9. Security Considerations

This document should not affect the security of the Internet.

10. Acknowledgements

Useful comments were received from John Klensin, Warren Kumari, Michael Richardson, Martin Thomson, (to be completed)

The data analysis was mainly done by Robert Sparks.

11. Normative References

Klensin, J. and S. Dawkins, "A Model for IETF Process Experiments", BCP 93, RFC 3933, DOI 10.17487/RFC3933, , <>.
Kucherawy, M., Ed., Hinden, R., Ed., and J. Livingood, Ed., "IAB, IESG, IETF Trust, and IETF LLC Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process: Operation of the IETF Nominating and Recall Committees", BCP 10, RFC 8713, DOI 10.17487/RFC8713, , <>.

Appendix A. Change Log

A.1. Draft-02 to -03

  • Adjusted criteria according to comments received
  • Added data

A.2. Draft-01 to -02

  • Made this an RFC 3933 process experiment
  • Eliminated path based on directorate reviews, used to be: "Has submitted at least 6 reviews as a member of an official IETF review team within the last 3 years."
  • Other comments from IETF107 virtual gendispatch meeting handled

A.3. Draft-00 to -01

  • Added author

Authors' Addresses

Brian E. Carpenter
The University of Auckland
School of Computer Science
PB 92019
Auckland 1142
New Zealand
Stephen Farrell
Trinity College Dublin
College Green