[discuss] Another couple of items

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Mon Jan 13 22:35:20 UTC 2014


At risk of being labelled an Ig professional, which sounds like a bad 
thing to be, I wish to comment a little.

On 13-Jan-14 17:01, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> I've posted another couple of items that may be of interest.
> https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~brian/ClassifyingLandscape.pdf

> Three types of issue:
> 1. Matters of public interest regardless of the Internet;
> 2. Matters of some public interest specifically linked to
> the Internet (“boundary issues”);
> 3. Technical matters of limited public interest

Here I think you miss one type which varies from you others:

4. Issues that while of public interest regardless, are transformed by 
the Internet.

These go beyond the boundary condition you define.

You also seem to not admit to the degree to which technology cannot be 
separated from its public impact and that this is what produces public 
interest.  And to some degree, each option in a protocol may have a 
social impact even if they only appear to be trivial technical choices 
of flipping one bit one way or another.

Until we have done impact analysis of the technology, we do not know to 
what degree there are legitimate public interests attached to a 
particular bit of tech.  But there is an overriding public interest in 
knowing that impact and having the discussions.

Facile phrases we don't really define well, especially things like net 
neutrality, and the intentionally ambiguous language of diplomats? Sure 
we Ig professionals* have a real problem with that.


* which I define as anyone who has ever been paid for doing something 
Igish.  Many are just amateurs, who do it for the love.

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