At 06:23 04-02-2009, Alessandro Vesely wrote:
Also in more mature markets, not all of the existing companies and
universities running their own mail servers will be eager to spend
$5000/year on a vouch. In addition, the
The cost for email certification starts at around $1200 (950 Euros) a year.
At 06:55 04-02-2009, Dave CROCKER wrote:
Macroeconomic analysis -- especially predictions about the
directions an economic process will develop towards -- is a poorly
understood topic of expertise, even among experts... as we are
unfortunately seeing demonstrated in the global economy.
One of the characteristics of Internet Mail is it doesn't require
prior arrangement between senders and receivers. If email
certification is widespread, it can have an impact on the model.
What is the IETF track record that should give us any faith in this
community's ability to make such predictions. Absent that track
record, we are creating the risk that we will refuse technologies erroneously.
That's where operational experience come into play. It's easier to
assess a technology based on that. A specification sometimes contain
guidance about the technology, for example, a note about trusting
third parties with operational decisions.
If the technology is deployed by 100% of the community providing
professional email operations, both on the sending and the receiving
sides, as Dave expects, the rest of the world can either follow the
practice or else bear the consequences. As the IETF community does
not have any track record on its ability to make economic
predictions, should it restrict itself to a assessment of a
technology without looking at whether the benefits outweigh the costs
which may only affect a fringe of the Internet community? The cost
of deployment has been taken into consideration in the design of some
specifications published on the Standards Track.
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