"Yesterday, at the first meeting of their proposed
Peer-to-Peer working group (attended by over 300 people) Intel
proposed an organization for the group that was shocking in its
distrust of the very decentralization that peer-to-peer is supposed
"The proposed structure is best described as "pay to play", an
industry consortium model in which the amount of money you
contribute to the organization determines the level of your
influence. A seven member steering committee, defined not by
technical excellence or vision, but by the $25,000 admission fee,
will be the final arbiter of standards. For $5000, you earn the
right to chair a technical committee and vote on technical issues.
For $500, you may participate in a committee by invitation, attend
group events, and review (but not vote on) draft standards. In a
sop to participation, two of the steering group members would be
elected from the $5000 members."
"I stood up in the meeting yesterday and asked for the sense of
the group whether this proposal was going in the wrong direction,
and was met with thunderous applause. Intel agreed to go back and
think some more about the structure, and came back after lunch with
a new idea: that they'd accept submissions about alternate
structures, and would decide which of the proposals might be
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