Re: [arch-d] Call for Comment: <draft-iab-for-the-users-02> (The Internet is for End Users)

Bernard Aboba <bernard.aboba@gmail.com> Thu, 06 February 2020 01:34 UTC

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Subject: Re: [arch-d] Call for Comment: <draft-iab-for-the-users-02> (The Internet is for End Users)
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There are a number of ways to interpret this IAB draft. If one looks at it as a refutation of David Clark’s “Tussle” work (see: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/2868953_Tussle_in_Cyberspace_Defining_Tomorrow's_Internet) then Joel’s frustrations follow naturally. 

Personally, I hope the goal of the document is not to referee the “Tussle” by declaring the user as the official winner. That would be silly, if only because such a declaration would not help “the user” or any other “Tussle” participant. 

So I choose to see the draft’s contribution as pointing out IoT challenges compared with trends in the mobile and web application space (e.g. no permission model or “app store” rules limiting the damage that can be done by badly implemented or malicious devices). 

Given these widely varying reactions, the document seems like it could use a good edit to strengthen the impact of its main points.

> On Feb 5, 2020, at 4:24 PM, Joel M. Halpern <jmh@joelhalpern.com> wrote:
> 
> I find this document very frustrating.
> 
> The explicit recommendations seem reasonable.
> 
> But the underlying tone that the End User concerns should take precedence over everything else seems to be incorrect.  And therefore the initial tone seems to send the wrong message.
> 
> To provide several examples, the Internet is "for" many participants. It is for the folks offering services over the Internet.  It is for the many sensors and small devices which are expected to outnumber human users by a significant margin in the near term.  It is "for" the folks who run it, as if they can not operate the network then it won't do anyone else any good.
> 
> I believe many of these concerns were raised by other people during earlier discussions of the document.  Assuming efforts were made to address those concerns, the changes seem to me to be insufficient.
> 
> Yours,
> Joel
> 
>> On 2/5/2020 5:48 PM, IAB Executive Administrative Manager wrote:
>> This is an announcement of an IETF-wide Call for Comment on
>> draft-iab-for-the-users-02.
>> The document is being considered for publication as an Informational RFC
>> within the IAB stream, and is available for inspection at:
>> <https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-iab-for-the-users/>
>> The Call for Comment will last until 2020-03-04. Please send comments to
>> architecture-discuss@ietf.org and iab@iab.org.
>> Abstract:
>>    This document explains why the IAB believes the IETF should consider
>>    end users as its highest priority concern, and how that can be done.
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