[dns-operations] the thread on (was) Re: DNSWorld conference 2007
Ed.Lewis at neustar.biz
Fri Jul 13 22:29:24 UTC 2007
At 14:50 -0700 7/13/07, william(at)elan.net wrote:
>On Fri, 13 Jul 2007, David Ulevitch quote someone else, saying:
>>> With few extraordinary exceptions it is against our policies to invite
>>> commercial speakers which do not actively sponsor our event.
>That by itself pretty much tells me all I needed to know about
For some reason I feel compelled to offer a contrarian view
specifically in response to this and more generally to the majority
of opinions expresses on this list.
Speaking at a conference offers the presenter the privilege of
addressing an audience (assembled by the conference organizer) with a
message in the presenter's interests. NANOG, for example, chooses
it's agenda via a program committee who act under a set of criteria
that the members of this list are quite familiar, criteria weighted
towards presentations that are more of a benefit to the audience than
the presenter (as in limiting logos on slides). DNSWorld has a
different set of criteria. There's nothing wrong with a program
committee that has an eye on business interests in selecting
presenters that bear part of the burden of assembling the audience.
(It's like product placement in TV shows. If Ford is paying for
advertisement slots, they show's stars ought not to be driving
The reason I am posting is that I think the outspoken members on this
list are treading in a dangerous direction. If we continue ba
mouthing things we don't know, we lose credibility. There is no
reason to attack this conference venture. They did not come to us
and "spam the list" with an advertisement. They have discreetly
approached some folks to speak. They were "just minding their own
business." There has been no provocation that warranted accusations
of anything, no reason to invite an debate over the quality of the
program. Is this becoming a list where we just spew venom? That's
My wish is that we collectively ignore that what doesn't harm us,
mock only what we respect and praise what we admire. Most of all, we
should use this list for honest-to-goodness DNS operations, not
DNS-related travel opportunities. I also believe that we need to
recognize that DNS is no longer just a public good service and not
just a technologically driven beast. There is a business world out
there that is chomping at the bit to make use of the DNS. This isn't
a nuisance, it's a product of our success. It is in our interests to
adapt to the "intrusion" of people with profit motives into our camp.
I hear they throw really cool parties.
Edward Lewis +1-571-434-5468
Think glocally. Act confused.
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