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

Joseph Lorenzo Hall <> Fri, 25 March 2016 10:45 UTC

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Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 06:44:56 -0400
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Subject: Re: Observations on (non-technical) changes affecting IETF operations
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On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 6:06 AM, S Moonesamy <> wrote:
> 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.

I guess it depends on what you mean by politics. There have certainly
been drafts that discuss law and policy considerations of potential
IETF standards, including this one from us from 2003 (long before I
was here at CDT), that while it never was seen through to official
Informational RFC status, still has a lot of good material in it:

"This document is motivated by the recognition that technical design
decisions made within the IETF and other standards bodies can have
significant impacts on public policy concerns."

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
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