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RIPE 80 RIPE Community Plenary Minutes

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 16:00 - 17:30
Chair: Hans Petter Holen
Scribe: Chris Buckridge
Status: Final

1. RIPE NomCom Update – Daniel Karrenberg, NomCom Chair

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Erik Bais, A2B Internet, asked whether RIPE NCC staff (non-management) could provide public input to the process as well. He noted that one of the nominees was a RIPE NCC employee and asked if this could create a conflict of interest regarding the balance of power with the new RIPE NCC Managing Director – or if they would be asked to quit their role if successful. He said this would be very strange if it became a revolving door.

Daniel said nothing prevented RIPE NCC staff from giving input and the NomCom would listen to anyone who provided input that was useful to the community. Regarding whether RIPE NCC staff could be eligible for the position, he noted that the documented RIPE Chair selection procedure gave no grounds for a priori disregarding any candidate.

2. The 2019 IANA Numbering Services Review Committee Report - Nurani Nimpuno, IANA Review Committee Chair

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There were no questions.

3. Update of the RIPE Database Requirements Task Force - Bijal Sanghani, Task Force Chair

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There were no questions.

4. Working Group Chairs Collective - Hans Petter Holen, RIPE Chair

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Raymond Jetten, Elisa Oyj, said that as working groups were different, they could each have their own processes.

Hans Petter said this was one opinion; another common opinion was that there should be a consistent approach and a task force could investigate the matter.

Hans Petter said there were also open questions regarding support for Working Group Chairs (in the form of travel for RIPE Meetings). In the past, this had been provided in a relatively ad hoc way and had not been transparent. The question had been raised to the RIPE NCC Executive Board and it had asked the RIPE Chair to develop a solution. Hans Petter had shared a draft process with the Working Group Chairs Collective that week at RIPE 80. The proposed solution would be transparent, with decisions made by the RIPE Chair and Vice Chair, and there were expectations for chairs that received support.

Hans Petter said he would circulate the draft process to the RIPE List to get feedback from the community before 14 June 2020.

Benedikt Stockebrand, Stepladder IT Training+Consulting, noted his support for the proposal, but said it should be provided on an as-needed basis and should be the exception rather than the general norm.

Mouhamad Amer Alshishakly, Alshishakly Group, asked about specific programmes for countries in the Middle East.

Hans Petter said there were no specific plans for working group chairs here, however he noted that the RIPE NCC had specific outreach and engagement activities in the Middle East (including MENOG and RIPE NCC Member Lunches), and there were programmes for fellowships and other support that could be accessed by community members in the Middle East.

5. RIPE Code of Conduct: Next Steps - Hans Petter Holen, RIPE Chair

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Hans Petter proposed that a new task force be formed to review the work of the Diversity Task Force, feedback from the community and the RIPE NCC’s impact analysis, and develop three draft documents: a Code of Conduct; a document on Selection of Trusted Contacts/Code of Conduct Committee; and a set of Procedures for Trusted Contacts. He proposed that draft versions of these documents be published at RIPE 81, 82 and 83, respectively and encouraged the community to volunteer.

Peter Koch said the plan assumed that phase one (the revised Code of Conduct) would achieve consensus (otherwise there was no need for a document on the selection of trusted contacts).

Hans Petter, DENIC, said there was already an existing Code of Conduct, and Trusted Contacts to facilitate its application.

Brian Nisbet, Denesh Bhabuta and Leo Vegoda volunteered to participate in the task force.