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Network design and operations, not political agenda
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 13:15:20 -0400

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From: Tony Rutkowski <trutkowski () verisign com>
Date: September 11, 2008 12:59:21 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Network design and operations, not political agenda

A blog note was recently circulated alleging that an
"An ITU study group is apparently considering a
proposal for network traceback that includes the
following among its rationales [quote on limiting
political expression]."

The allegation is not true.

I personally helped facilitate the consideration and
adoption of the work item at the April meeting of
ITU-T Study Group 17 (security). Concerns relating both
to effective network management and well as providing a
means for international caller-ID were amalgamated to
create a new work item shepherded by editors from the
U.S., China, Japan, and Korea.   The underlying
requirements relate to network management, settlements,
infrastructure protection, and law enforcement support
that pretty much exist worldwide, and include ongoing
proceedings and legislation in the U.S. Congress, the FCC,
the European Commission, and others worldwide.

Minimally, the work will pull together valuable
information concerning techniques, platforms, and
development needs.  It has no normative stature.
The international caller-ID capability would be
a nice feature for telephony.

The political motivation text was not part of any known
ITU-T proposal and certainly not the one which I helped
facilitate.   Extensive searches for the source of the
text have yet revealed nothing.


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