Re: The IETF environment

Miles Fidelman <mfidelman@meetinghouse.net> Fri, 25 April 2014 15:56 UTC

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Dave Crocker wrote:
>
> With respect to getting work done, this is a bottom-up organization, 
> not a top-down one.  (That's why I think Area "Director" is a serious 
> misnomer and Area "Facilitator" would be far more accurate.)
>
>>  But it seems pretty clear that people regard the IETF as
>> a bit more than that. Maybe they shouldn't, but they do.
>
> Yes, there is quite a bit of mythology about the IETF.  Sometimes it 
> borders on mysticism...
>
Bottom up is generally a good thing, and that's certainly been IETF's 
traditional modus operandi.  But... in that IETF is the official 
standard body for the Internet - and it's ultimately the standards that 
hold the Internet together -- isn't the real discussion about:

1. Are the emerging scale, scope, complexity, and issues involved in 
Internet operation/management/<your favorite term> highlighting the 
limits of that bottom-up (or perhaps, arms-length) approach to the way 
IETF is playing its role?

2. Are there changes needed?

Miles Fidelman



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