Pete Resnick wrote:
And I'll also note again that this contract is between the hotel and the
host. The IAOC contract with either should explicitly include words
indicating that the discussion of technical topics that touch on human
rights issues are excluded from this clause.
Simply crossing off the problematic text is an approach that is clean and
simple, and returns the burden to the hotel. Nevermind that some or all of the
text is dictated by law.
Your suggested re-wording, however, is twice problematic. First, it tries to
guess what is acceptable to the hotel and government. The second is that it
tries to guess what is acceptable to the IETF community.
Guessing the former is reasonable when you really are in a negotiation and have
some sense of the other side. This ain't one of those cases.
And as a member of the IETF community, I think your proffered text constrains
things too far. "Discussion of technical topics" is not likely to cover
discussion of the national and other policies that might affect or motivate use
of the technology. Yet that, for example, is entirely plausible material for
some IETF groups.
Of course, there is also the inherent humor of trying to contractually constrain
speech by the entire participating IETF community, given our unruly history...
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