Hi there Audit Fans - Lets look at NoteWell and figure out how it interacts
with Corporate Governance and Compliance Policies...
let me make a couple of observations:
NOTEWELL http://www.ietf.org/NOTEWELL.html has some hidden requirements that
make it broken. Let me illustrate...
1) All the major players who sponsor people in the IETF have an
iron-clad email policy which EVERYONE is aware of that says that they OWN
the IP emanating from their Email System. This is generally not negotiable
here in the US either. This means that they WILL NOT allow any releases
against IP sent from their Email Systems or Domain. The cannot - lest they
lose the control they have over the internal use of the servers which might
seem fun to this group - but its something that NO EXECUTIVE is going to
2) The IETF however claims that any Email sent to it in any form
constitutes NOTEWELL and becomes its property. The problem is that it has no
agreements with the other email provider to make that true.
3) The IETF also tries to protect itself by requiring the Individual to
represent that they have formal authorization to participate in the IETF
through the Entity's resources, except that there is the issue of #1 which
NO entity in its right mind would consider relaxing...
So who actually owns the IP?
Better yet - can ANY SOX constrained company with public controls in place
on its internal services allow an Employee or Guest to use their
infrastructure to participate in a process that directly violates their
corporate operating guidelines?
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