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

Eliot Lear <> Fri, 07 February 2020 09:01 UTC

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Hi Brian,

> On 7 Feb 2020, at 02:13, Brian E Carpenter <> wrote:
> I think the second sentence is a highly debatable assertion. Apart from
> anything else, I thought it was the ISOC's job, in the accepted division
> of labour according to BCP11.: <>
> But equally important, I think we have good reason to believe that the
> people who typically participate in the IETF are not the right sort of
> people to engage usefully in dialogue about "political, social and economic
> concerns". I think we will only burn our fingers.

While that may be true, the IETF cannot just stuff this stuff off to the ISOC.  If work being taken on has societal consequences, the IETF should be aware of them, and better to have the impacted people represent their concerns themselves through direct participation in IETF processes, rather than ISOC attempting to proxy for them.