"IETF" == IETF Administrative Director <iad(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org> writes:
IETF> 9. Members shall at all times act in a disinterested manner
IETF> and consider only the benefit to the IETF standards process
IETF> and community as a whole in discussions and decisions. The
IETF> Members shall promptly disclose any material conflict of
IETF> interest and recuse themselves from related decisions.
This seems kind of weak to me. In particular , members are not required
to make a statement of interests that might potentially become conflicts
when they join the IAOC. In addition, it seems like members are only
encouraged to discuss a conflict when it reaches a point where they must
I'd recommend amending this to:
1) Require members to make a statement of their interests when they join
the IAOC or whenever the contents of their statement would materially
change. Specific wording is tricky here, except that a small Google
search reveals that at least a ]statement of financial interests is very
common and we have many examples of policies to draw from that require
2) Members should be encouraged to ask other members if a particular
issue raises conflicts that might fall within that member's stated
3) Members are encouraged to discuss their own questions about whether
they have a conflict with the chair or the IAOC as a whole.
I think that without these or similar changes the policy is not strong
enough to meet standards our community should require of leaders charged
with financial matters for the organization.
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