Re: IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input (off-topic)

S Moonesamy <sm+ietf@elandsys.com> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:23 UTC

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Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 04:21:47 -0700
To: Vinayak Hegde <vinayakh@gmail.com>, Sandoche Balakrichenan <sandoche.balakrichenan@afnic.fr>, ietf@ietf.org
From: S Moonesamy <sm+ietf@elandsys.com>
Subject: Re: IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input (off-topic)
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Hi Vinayak,
At 01:46 25-05-2016, Vinayak Hegde wrote:
>I think the visa issue affects a large portion of participants
>(non-US/non-EU), yet it is hardly discussed as much on the IETF
>mailing lists. I hope that the IAOC is taking that into consideration.
>I also think it is rather more important than issues about getting
>families to the IETF (which I believe is a perk and not a necessity).
>I think we need to focus more on getting participants to the physical
>meetings.
>
>We talk about sharing the "travel pain". Visas is an important pain
>point for number of Non-EU/Non-US countries.

I read the first quoted paragraph as meaning that non-US/non-EU IETF 
participants hardly discuss about visa issues on this mailing 
list.  There were 20 messages to the venue-selection@ietf.org "drop" 
list.  None of those messages were from non-US/non-EU IETF 
participants with concerns about visa issues.

At 01:17 25-05-2016, Sandoche Balakrichenan wrote:
>==> If the Visa issue has been seriously taken into consideration by the
>IAOC, i think we should never had an IETF in the US. Ask the number of
>students/professionals from Asian and Arab Countries, the harrassment
>they pass through from the US embassy just to get a Visa.

The issue being discussed on ietf@ietf.org has political implications.

Regards,
S. Moonesamy