IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input

Barry Raveendran Greene <bgreene@senki.org> Tue, 24 May 2016 17:31 UTC

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Subject: IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input
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FYI - Someone just pinged me to ask me to pay attention to this conversation. I’m catching up on the threat and laugh at some of the “experts” who are putting forward how things work in Singapore. 

For those who don’t know, Singapore is my second home. I’ve been in/out since 1994. This conversation about LGBT laws in Singapore is interesting. I’ve got close personal friends who were “open” before 1994, are good colleagues now (we build the Internet together), lives with a partner, and has great success. Are there challenges? Yes. Just like there are challenges with gender bias, racism, class, clans (it is Asia),  etc. That is the human condition in the world. Does Singapore LAW get in their way? No! This individual is in Singapore National Service and has a security clearance. The government knows all about the person’s character. The Singapore way is to not have things like this get in the way of “business.” 

Singapore has hosted a whole range of meetings and activities over the year. There will be nothing that would get in the way of IETF work, people flavors of life bringing their families and having fun. It happens all the time. Singapore wants your $$$$. We’ve had ISOC, ICANN, APNIC, APRICOT, ITU, and many other international groups meet productive in Singapore. 

If people really want to know what is going on in Singapore, please ask people who where born, live, and know the country. All this other information is counter-productive (IMHO). 

Barry

PS - I’ll have a conversation with anyone to help them gain a better understanding of Singapore. Just ping and we can get on a call.