>After each meeting, Ray sends out a survey to all participants. The
>results from the latest one:
>When were you born?
> Before 1950 2.9%
> 1950 - 1960 16.6%
> 1961 - 1970 33.7%
> 1971 - 1980 32.8%
> After 1980 14.0%
These are the results from 2006:
Before 1950 6.8%
1950 - 1960 24.0%
1961 - 1970 33.9%
1971 - 1980 33.6%
After 1980 1.8%
Before 1950 3.8%
1950 - 1960 21.0%
1961 - 1970 30.7%
1971 - 1980 37.0%
After 1980 7.6%
>I think an earlier survey had the 1971-1980 crowd inch past the
>1961-1970 one, but it does seem like the 30-50 age groups dominate.
>I don't believe you really are among the youngest, and
At 07:59 27-04-2012, Dave Cridland wrote:
>I think in general, the way to ensure the IETF is at the centre of
>internet developments is to ensure it is a developer's organization,
>as well as an SDO, and unfortunately it's lost this connection - if
>you want to get some advice for that mail client you're writing, the
>IETF probably wouldn't help if you asked, and certainly wouldn't
>spring to mind as the place to ask.
The IETF likes having a bad reputation.
At 08:05 27-04-2012, Carsten Bormann wrote:
>Many of the people doing the real work in CoRE are in their 20s, or
>have left that age
Age = 100 - port_num
>PS.: Please, don't take any of this seriously. Except for the CoRE
>Dave Cridland's observations also definitely don't apply to CoRE,
>except that we do have the stunning range of experience that makes
>the IETF so valuable.
I would say that new protocols in one area tends to attract younger
folks. For existing protocols, there is the aging factor shunning
the younger folks away.
At 08:08 27-04-2012, Mary Barnes wrote:
>Personally, I think IETF has far more of an issue when it comes to
>cultural and gender diversity than it does with not having enough
>younger folks. This is particularly visible in the leadership.
IAB 12 M / 1 F
IESG 15 M
IAOC 8 M / 1 F
RSOC 9 M
RTG WGs - 4 F
INT WGs - 2 F
OPS WGs - 2 F
RAI WGs - 2 F
SEC WGs - 1 F
TSV WGs - 1 F
APP WGs - all M
Mary Barnes is the only participant who mentions the gender
problem. As such, I gather that the IETF does not have a gender problem. :-)
At 08:57 27-04-2012, Worley, Dale R (Dale) wrote:
>the politics or underlying needs of the "customer" population. The
>federal government of the United States was dominated by the clique of
>its revolutionary leaders for 40 years, and hasn't had much trouble
>recruiting enough new blood to maintain its power (if not its
Based on the above, it could be said that the IETF will keep aging
for the next 10 years.
At 10:13 27-04-2012, Melinda Shore wrote:
>I didn't go to meetings for some number of years and when I
>started going again I saw a *lot* of new faces, not all of
>whom are young. It seems to me that a static participant
>base would clearly be more of an issue than age, per se.
A static participant base encourages the privatization of working
groups. Instead of age, one could look at the number of meetings attended:
2 - 5 18.2%
6 - 10 16.8%
> 10 58.4%
2 - 5 20.0%
6 - 10 16.3%
> 10 55.0%
If over 50% of the attendees is static, there is an aging
process. Newcomers may be around 15%. Someone mentioned that there
is a feeling of exclusion instead of inclusion.
At 07:06 27-04-2012, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
>People can argue about process, RFC formats and governance but it
>should be beyond argument that any institution that cannot recruit
>younger members is going to die.
An institution that cannot recruit younger members is called a retirement home.
Some time back, a saying was posted to this mailing list:
"Please be patient with the old folks"
P.S. Phillip made a second comment. There are some parallels with