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Re: And Now for Something Completely Different (was Re: IPv6 news)

  • From: Per Heldal
  • Date: Wed Oct 19 06:26:59 2005

On Tue, 2005-10-18 at 15:52 -0700, David Conrad wrote:

> Hmm.  Are the aliens who took the _real_ IETF and replaced it with  
> what's there now going to give it back? :-)

Sure they'll hand it back ... when there is no more money to be made
from IETF-related technology and politicians no longer feel it's
interesting ;)

Otoh, the IETF is a function of its partitipants. Businesses today have
such fear of competitors and interllectual-propery-issues that they
hardly can cooperate on anything. Thus, the number of technology
reasearchers available to partitipate in public forums is just a
fraction of what it was 20 or 30 years ago. If enough people find IETF
unworkable, wouldn't they just form an alternative forum that would be
to the IETF what the IETF has been to ITU?