Re: [Recentattendees] Background on Singapore go/no go for IETF 100

Melinda Shore <melinda.shore@gmail.com> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:29 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Recentattendees] Background on Singapore go/no go for IETF 100
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On 5/26/16 12:21 PM, Margaret Cullen wrote:
> What about the IAOC writing to the IETF list and/or recent attendees
> when they are considering going to a new country, asking if anyone
> has any feedback on the idea?  And then considering that feedback
> _before_ making a final decision, signing a contract, etc?

I think that's reasonable.  I also think a greater diversity
of IAOC and meeting committee members would help, although
it's clearly not possible to be comprehensive.  But, one of
the interesting things that happened as this began to unfold
is that a bunch of people responded to the announcement with
an immediate "Uh-oh," while the IAOC clearly had had no idea
that there was an issue.  It was known within the community
that there was a problem, and if there had been a way to provide
feedback prior to the announcement things may have gone quite
differently.

So:

> It seems to me that if this issue had been raised before the IAOC had
> made a non-refundable $80K deposit and had negotiated $150K in
> benefits from the Singapore government, there would have been a lot
> more latitude for choosing a different location.

Yes.

Melinda