The Internet is for End Users
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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                          M. Nottingham
Internet-Draft                                             10 March 2020
Intended status: Informational                                          
Expires: 11 September 2020

                     The Internet is for End Users
                       draft-iab-for-the-users-04

Abstract

   This document explains why the IAB believes that, when there is a
   conflict between the interests of end users of the Internet and other
   parties, IETF decisions should favour end users.  It also explores
   how this can more effectively be achieved.

Note to Readers

   The issues list for this draft can be found at
   https://github.com/intarchboard/for-the-users/issues
   (https://github.com/intarchboard/for-the-users/issues).

   The most recent (often, unpublished) draft is at
   https://intarchboard.github.io/for-the-users/
   (https://intarchboard.github.io/for-the-users/).

   Recent changes are listed at https://github.com/intarchboard/for-the-
   users/commits/master (https://github.com/intarchboard/for-the-
   users/commits/master).

   See also the draft's current status in the IETF datatracker, at
   https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-iab-for-the-users/
   (https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-iab-for-the-users/).

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   This Internet-Draft will expire on 11 September 2020.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Who Are "End Users"?  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Why The IETF Should Prioritise End Users  . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  How The IETF Can Prioritise End Users . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  Engaging the Internet Community . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.2.  Creating User-Focused Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.3.  Identifying Negative End User Impact  . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.4.  Handling Conflicting End User Needs . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.5.  Deprioritising Internal Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   7.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

1.  Introduction

   Many who participate in the IETF are most comfortable making what we
   believe to be purely technical decisions; our process is defined to
   favor technical merit, through our well-known mantra of "rough
   consensus and running code."

   Nevertheless, the running code that results from our process (when
   things work well) inevitably has an impact beyond technical
   considerations, because the underlying decisions afford some uses
   while discouraging others.  While we believe we are making only
   technical decisions, in reality, we are defining (in some degree)
   what is possible on the Internet itself.

   This impact has become significant.  As the Internet increasingly
   mediates essential functions in societies, it has unavoidably become
   profoundly political; it has helped people overthrow governments and
   revolutionize social orders, swing elections, control populations,

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   collect data about individuals, and reveal secrets.  It has created
   wealth for some individuals and companies while destroying others'.

   All of this raises the question: For whom do we go through the pain
   of gathering rough consensus and writing running code?
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