[discuss] Key point -- different contexts

Seth Johnson seth.p.johnson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 16:45:34 UTC 2014

(Pulling out the main point from the message)

On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM, Seth Johnson <seth.p.johnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> (Just reposting with its own subject line, as a basic, critical consideration)

It's useful to recognize that "more technical" discussions can proceed
more effectively within a certain type of context, while international
fora inherently place governments in a role where many issues are
addressed in a very different way.

There's a world of difference between a context where governments are
accountable to fundamental liberties because their people set up
limits in a founding act, and a context where fundamental liberties
are only expressed in the form of treaties among governments.  The
biggest problem is dealing with the second, where we aren't in a
position to tell governments to just stop trampling on our ability to
just work things out.

In the first, we hardly had to think about it -- governments are
always aware that they are subject to powerful recourse if they step
in.  In the second, we're dealing with the creation of frameworks that
don't work that way.


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