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|Toni Alatalo: Internet Soc. Task Force (ISTF)|
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the temporary home of the nettime-l list while desk.nl rebuilds its list-serving machine. please continue to send messages to <email@example.com> and your commands to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. nettime-l-temp should be active for approximately 2 weeks (11-28 Jun 99). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 21:59:54 +0300 (EEST) From: Toni Alatalo <email@example.com> To: nettime-l@Desk.nl cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Internet Soc. Task Force (ISTF) The Internet Society (ISOC) - actually Vint Cerf himself - will announce tomorrow on Friday the ISTF: Internet Social/ety/ietal (not decided yet) Task Force for the public here at the Inet'99 conference in San Jose, Silicon Valley. First time I was discussing the issue was 1997 in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, when it had become evident that most of the problems the Internet fas facing were - and are to even wider extent today - other than technical. Yet people from the engineering community, like Vint himself and late Jon Postel of IANA, where even forced to deal with social/economical/political and regulatory and law issues .. which many of them really didn't like. Back then in Malaysia, right after the Inet'97 conference, there was a session where some politician from Malta (I think the former Minister of Forreign Affairs or something - have unfortunately forgot his name) and some other serious people presented what they'd found out after studying the political structures of the Internet and essentially how the IETF works (RFCs, working groups, the principle of "rough concensus and running code" etc.) and if that could serve as a model for other international organizations as well (instead of, say, the UN model and governments). On Tuesday I asked Vint was happened to all this. We were in the press lunch, in front of the new ISOC Board Members and all the reporters from New York Times, Wired and who knows what, and he didn't answer much. YEsterday (on Wednesday) the board told me, that they couldn't answer then, 'cause they hadn't finished discussing the issue yet. But now they have decided to support it and Vint himself is in charge. Yesterday when I asked him about what's happening on Friday he encouraged me to write about this when I'd feel like it and that is now. For me this is the best news in ages. I've had trouble relating to ISOC 'cause of the engineering centricm, altough back home in Finland I've used to working with engineers in the ISP business all the time and the Inets are crowded with all kinds of people - even artists lately which I find great! - but the board and the IETF itself have been very dominating. I think with the ISTF the Internet Society will be better balanced and have much more energy to deal with te issues it has to. So I encourage you all to take a close look at this. What I'm looking forward to receicing from the nettime/waag/rewired/v2/relab/name.space etc. communities is criticism. I'm to close to see if anything might be wrong in this. Quite the opposite .. I'm still an-Internet believer .. at least during the Inets and long after them every year. Altough we are dealing here with heavy issues, like using the Internet as a form a new imperialism in developing countries and the danger of secret agencies monitorin/controlling Kosovar refugees with the help of modern IT - I still believe in the power of the net to do good if we manage to handle it well. (gee) Hm. Something started to trouble my mind. I guess I head for a walk. http://www.isoc.org/inet99/ should be informative and http://an.org/ something else. Thanks for interest (in case the moderators let this through ;) + an + ~ Toni ~ : (t . !