Re: Concerns about Singapore

Stephen Farrell <stephen.farrell@cs.tcd.ie> Mon, 11 April 2016 10:23 UTC

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Subject: Re: Concerns about Singapore
To: Andrew Allen <aallen@blackberry.com>, Vinayak Hegde <vinayakh@gmail.com>, "chopps@chopps.org" <chopps@chopps.org>
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On 11/04/16 09:05, Andrew Allen wrote:
> Debates over whether a location is politically or morally acceptable
> will only distract from the mission of the IETF and likely divide the
> community rather than help in making progress towards forming
> consensus on the future development of the internet.

I almost but don't agree with the above. The danger of such debates
dividing folks and being a barrier to progress is real. OTOH, there
are also dangers in the lack of such debate, or if the debate is post
facto, as happened in this case.

I think the lesson the IAOC ought learn here is to switch to a
default-open mode of operation where only those things that really
need to be kept confidential are kept confidential. (Note that I
don't only mean for f2f meeting arrangements but for all of what the
IAOC do.) That will require them (or someone) to go figure out (with
the community) which kinds of things really do need to be kept
confidential, and which can be done openly, in the normal IETF way.

I'd be fine if the IAOC announced that they will be doing the above
but also said we weren't going to work out the details until after
they have figured out whatever it is they end up doing about IETF-100.

Cheers,
S.