Re: "We did not know" is not a good excuse

Melinda Shore <melinda.shore@gmail.com> Thu, 07 April 2016 02:37 UTC

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Subject: Re: "We did not know" is not a good excuse
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On 4/6/16 6:19 PM, Dave Crocker wrote:
> Anything less specific leaves too much to interpretation, which
> guarantees that similar errors will recur.

The situation in Singapore goes well beyond being vaguely
homophobic, to actively criminalizing the families of some
IETF participants.  This is not simply a matter of same-sex
marriage not being legal there, or of the country lacking
anti-discrimination laws.

I am not surprised that any given person might not be
familiar with the situation in Singapore and/or did not
think to check out the human rights situation, but I am
quite surprised that that was the case with a fair-sized
blob of people.  I do think that having broader diversity
among various bodies would make a terrific difference but
from my own experience I tend to think the economics of the
situation make that rather more difficult than loading up
the I* committees with people who share a number of demographic
traits.

Melinda