On 15-jul-2006, at 17:00, Patrick Vande Walle wrote:
In terms of image, I tend to think that it would indeed help the
have meetings outside the Northern America and European regions.
not so much about spreading the Internet gospel - others do it
although it would help. It is more in terms of interacting with the
local community to find out what they expect to come out of a
I don't see how some 1300 engineers running around who are more than
busy enough with technical work and the endless IETF process stuff
(was it just me or was the difference between the "administrative"
and "technical" plenaries especially hard to determine this time?)
helps a community found out what to expect from a standardization
process. A much, MUCH smaller number of engineers taking the time to
do this specific job would be much more effective and efficient than
having all IETF attendees incur extra travel time/costs and other
The hypothesis by which whatever is good for
the Northern hemisphere is automatically fine for the rest of the
seems slightly colonialist to me.
If you remove the northern hemisphere there isn't much inhabited
I don't think the problems of the developing world can be solved
through protocol standardization... Being able to reuse protocols
designed and standardized elsewhere allows these parts of the world
to focus on other problems.
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