Requirements for Morality Sections in Routing Area Drafts (RFC4041)
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
It has often been the case that morality has not been given proper consideration in the design and specification of protocols produced within the Routing Area. This has led to a decline in the moral values within the Internet and attempts to retrofit a suitable moral code to implemented and deployed protocols has been shown to be sub-optimal.
Network Working Group A.
Request for Comments: 4041 Old Dog Consulting
Category: Informational 1 April 2005
Requirements for Morality Sections in Routing Area Drafts
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It has often
been the case that morality has not been given proper
consideration in the design and specification of protocols produced
within the Routing Area. This has led to a decline in the moral
values within the Internet and attempts to retrofit a suitable moral
code to implemented and deployed protocols has been shown to be
specifies a requirement for all new Routing Area
Internet-Drafts to include a "Morality Considerations" section, and
gives guidance on what that section should contain.
It is well
accepted by popular opinion and other reliable metrics
that moral values are declining and that degeneracy is increasing.
Young people are particularly at risk from the rising depravity in
society and much of the blame can be squarely placed at the door of
the Internet. If you do not feel safe on the streets at night, what
do you think it is like on the Information Superhighway?
protocols or protocol extensions are developed within the
Routing Area, it is often the case that not enough consideration is
given to the impact of the protocol on the moral fiber of the
Internet. The result is that moral consequences are only understood
once the protocols have been implemented, and sometimes not until
after they have been deployed.
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The resultant attempts to restore appropriate behavior and purge the
community of improper activities are not always easy or
architecturally pleasant. Further, it is possible that certain
protocol designs make morality particularly hard to achieve.
moral issues are fundamental to the utility and
success of protocols designed within the IETF, and that simply making
a wishy-washy liberal-minded statement does not necessarily provide
adequate guarantees of a correct and proper outcome for society, this
document defines requirements for the inclusion of Morality
Considerations sections in all Internet-Drafts produced within the
Routing Area. ...