Re: Observations on (non-technical) changes affecting IETF operations

S Moonesamy <sm+ietf@elandsys.com> Fri, 25 March 2016 10:22 UTC

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Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 03:06:18 -0700
To: ietf@ietf.org, Jari Arkko <jari.arkko@piuha.net>, Steve Olshansky <olshansky@isoc.org>
From: S Moonesamy <sm+ietf@elandsys.com>
Subject: Re: Observations on (non-technical) changes affecting IETF operations
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Hello,
At 15:03 29-02-2016, Jari Arkko wrote:
>The team has been working and they have today published
>an -00 draft. We'd love to have your feedback and thoughts
>on this topic!

The draft is interesting.  Some of the topics which might be of 
interest are: succession planning, fragmentation and cross-culture 
communication.

If I am not mistaken it is the first time that a (IETF) draft 
acknowledges that politics and technology are intertwined. The draft 
asks some interesting questions.  Will the IETF be able to address 
those questions?  There hasn't been significant ink-shedding in the 
IETF on those questions.  I'll highlight a point in the draft: "If 
participation is solely driven around getting one's own work done 
then that might deteriorate the quality of the overall output and 
thereby the relevance of the IETF".  As the draft mentions, it takes 
a serious investment of a person's time for IETF participation.  The 
question that a person could ask is: what's in it for me?

Regards,
S. Moonesamy