Re: [Gendispatch] Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF

Kyle Rose <krose@krose.org> Tue, 23 February 2021 15:18 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Gendispatch] Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF
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Good list. I think one thing to keep in mind is that not all of these have
solutions, and in some cases are zero-sum. IMO, we should be careful to
limit the scope to identifying the obstacles to inclusion, and leave
solutions to later steps.

direct lack of diversity
> - gender, ethnicity, geography, age, social and professional background,
> type of employer
> - lack of "people like me", difficulty in "belonging" during meetings
> - diversity in values and views of the world
>

One big problem in this category that should be called out explicitly is
underrepresentation from areas of the world with networks that look
entirely unlike what we have in the West. Africa, in particular, has very
little wired coverage.

> - cost of travel to physical meetings
>

This is a big one. I wouldn't put it under "fees", but rather "cost of
involvement". If time were the only factor, remote participation would be
doable; but the hallway conversations at thrice-yearly meetings have no
effective substitute. (This IMO is an argument in favor of reducing
in-person meetings to 1x/year, and to help subsidize the cost of travel and
lodging for folks whose needs are underrepresented in the IETF... but now
I'm getting into potential solutions.)

Kyle