Re: [IAB] IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative

Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill@hallambaker.com> Tue, 23 December 2014 11:39 UTC

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Subject: Re: [IAB] IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative
From: Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill@hallambaker.com>
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On Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 2:47 AM, John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> wrote:

> >as inconsistent with IETF norms, then, whatever the value of
> >such meetings might be, it is time to stop attending --and
> >adding IETF/IAB credibility by your presence-- unless you can
> >get firm guarantees, in advance, about whether statements will
> >be issued and, if they will be, how they are approved.
>
> Good luck with those firm guarantees.
>
> I don't see much benefit in staying away, since that just means the
> conspirators will conspire out of our sight.  But it appears that our
> leadership may often find themselves in places where they'll have to
> say that they went to the meeting, and they will report back to the
> IETF and/or IAB, but they cannot bind their organizations and hence
> cannot sign whatever the communique says.  I do not envy them the
> complaints this will provoke from everyone else at the meeting, but
> that's why we pay them those big bucks.
>

Like many folk on this list, I suspect, I have a long memory of being
assured that my concern about X happening is completely unwarranted, then
many years later being told that 'everyone' understood that X would happen
and implicitly agreed to it.