MAJOR ISSUE: "Concentration of power"

Brian E Carpenter brian at
Thu Jun 26 00:02:11 CEST 2003

Basavaraj.Patil at wrote:
> As in any organization there needs to be a system of checks and
> balances. At this time there does not seem to be any such for the
> power of the IESG. 

I don't think that's true. There are at least 4 "features" of the IETF
proces that act as checks and balances on the IESG:

1. The IAB as an advisory board for WG formation (and in practice for many
major IESG decisions)

2. The appeals process

3. The recall process (never tested, for some reason)

4. Payback time, i.e. the NomCom process.

Now, it's possible we need *more* checks and balances, of course.


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