Re: [perpass] politics and the ietf

SM <sm@resistor.net> Thu, 05 December 2013 08:24 UTC

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Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:21:36 -0800
To: Elijah Sparrow <elijah@bitmask.net>
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Hi Elijah,
At 23:25 04-12-2013, Elijah Sparrow wrote:
>There was once a time when the design of a protocol or standard 
>could be done in a manner that benefited nearly everyone who might 
>be touched by it. These days are surely past. Nearly every single 
>debate or question that has come up on this list is deeply 
>political, if for no other reason than whatever decisions are made 
>will create winners and losers, people who benefit from the choice 
>and people who are harmed by the choice.

Yes.

>In this context, the question of "how much encryption" is a 
>technical question that is also deeply intertwined with the major 
>political debates of our day. One only has to note the major 
>headlines around the world about the ietf calls for encryption in 
>http 2.0. How often have ietf meetings garnered such global coverage?

My guess is that it was the first time.  The coverage wasn't that 
global.  The approach would likely be more nuanced than what has been reported.

Regards,
-sm