Stockholm Waterfront 25-26 november 2019

Women of the IETF

(In the picture, from left to right, Mary Barnes, Erica Johsson, Nurit Sprecher, Dragana Damjanovic, Lisa Dusseault, Y.J Park, Debbie Guyton and Luyuan Fang)

IETF75 in Stockholm is not that different from previous IETF meetings when it comes to gender balance. According to IETF officials, only about 5% of the participants are women which means that around 50 women are in Stockholm right now to decide on the future of Internet technology. Hopefully we will see a lot more women at future IETF meetings, as more and more girls and young women take up an interest in technology and engineering.

We asked a few of the women at IETF75 to answer three questions, and here are their answers.

Y.J. Park

Where are you from and what is your profession?

Delft (Holland)/ Seoul (Korea) Researcher

How do you like it in Stockholm?

Lovely city!

What do you hope to accomplish at IETF75?

Getting to know more IETF culture. :-)

Debbie Guyton

Where are you from and what is your profession?

I work for Telcordia Technologies in New Jersey, US.  I’m a Senior Systems Engineer for Interconnection Solutions.

How do you like it in Stockholm?

I am enjoying Stockholm. I like the cool weather. The people are so nice and friendly. The food is great too. The welcome reception at City Hall was very enjoyable.

What do you hope to accomplish at IETF75?

I’m working on contributions, broadening knowledge of various standards areas, and networking with other attendees. I am working with the DRINKS Working Group on a provisioning interface for a Registry to maintain routing information for public identifiers for voice and other services over the IP network.

Nurit Sprecher

Where are you from and what is your profession?

I am from Israel. I am a standard specialist working in Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and manage the NSN’s activities on Packet Transport in standard organizations and forums.

How do you like it in Stockholm?

Stockholm is very pretty and the weather is wonderful. Very relaxing. 

What do you hope to accomplish at IETF75?

As part of our work on packet transport, we work on MPLS-TP which is a new profile of MPLS, reusing its basic capabilities and adding mechanisms to enable optimal OPEX for the transport networks. We want this work to progress during EIFT75. Our intention is to re-use (as far as practically possible) existing MPLS mechanisms and to ensure complete interoperability and architectural soundness with IP/MPLS.

Lisa Dusseault

Where are you from and what is your profession?

I’m a Canadian living in California.

How do you like it in Stockholm?

I love it!  I love the fresh, good food and sunny streets and Swedish-style buildings, baby strollers everywhere and the water and islands.

What do you hope to accomplish at IETF75?

hope to help several working groups move forward, and find collaborators for new work.