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

"MH Michael Hammer (5304)" <MHammer@ag.com> Fri, 27 May 2016 13:34 UTC

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From: "MH Michael Hammer (5304)" <MHammer@ag.com>
To: "Thompson, Jeff" <jefft0@remap.ucla.edu>, Dan Harkins <dharkins@lounge.org>
Subject: RE: [Recentattendees] Background on Singapore go/no go for IETF 100
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: ietf [mailto:ietf-bounces@ietf.org] On Behalf Of Thompson, Jeff
> Sent: Friday, May 27, 2016 3:55 AM
> To: Dan Harkins
> Cc: recentattendees@ietf.org; Ietf@Ietf. Org
> Subject: Re: [Recentattendees] Background on Singapore go/no go for IETF
> 100
> 
> On 2016/5/26, 21:11:51, "Recentattendees on behalf of Dan Harkins"
> <recentattendees-bounces@ietf.org on behalf of dharkins@lounge.org>;
> wrote:
> 
> >  I would also like to suggest that the ability of certain members to
> >bring their family on a vacation that coincides with an IETF should not
> >be a governing factor in venue selection. Many people like to launder a
> >business trip into a family vacation (myself
> >included!) but that's not why the IETF exists and it should have no
> >bearing on where we meet.
> 
> So then, the IETF policy would read ³The IETF may hold meetings in countries
> where the law declares some people less valid. If you are such a person, then
> the IETF recommends that to avoid trouble with the law you should hide who
> you are, including not bringing your family.²
> 
> Is this the organization that the IETF is going to be?
> 
> - Jeff
> 

Jeff, 

Is there any country in the world that meets the standard your comment implies should be the IETF policy? Is this a case of perfection being the enemy of good? Perhaps it is a case of perfection being the enemy of reality. I don't know what IETF policy should be but I do recognize that there are very real limitations that constrain choices. I'll also point out that the choices made will constrain the choices of participants. I'm not advocating for any particular choice by the IETF with regard to meeting locations. 

Mike