[LINK] Enum musings
Wed, 9 Oct 2002 12:55:52 +1000
Glen Turner <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> ... With ENUM each handset can have
>a DNS LOC (location) entry (which contains the lat,long,alt
>of the device). This record is public ...
What does 'public' mean in this context? The SS7 database is already
available to a lot of people, but far fewer than the DNS database ...
Do we know what approach 'they' (i.e. (1) IETF, (2) ACA) propose to
take with the 10-40% of telephone numbers that are
'unlisted'/'silent'? (10% is a guess at Australia - maybe
conservative; 40% is Los Angeles).
Currently, telephone subscribers have the alternative to suppress the
street-number. Which part of the lat,long,alt coordinates do 'they'
propose be able to be suppressed?
My guess is that IETF, even if they acknowledge that there's a policy
question, are maintaining the pretence that it's not their problem,
but rather falls in the bailiwick of national authorities such as ACA.
So every country gets to use a technology whose default, and indeed
only native, status is suitable only for despots, because it makes
the physical location of everyone's services readily discoverable.
We can't let engineers and scientists keep getting away with this
baloney that their work is 'value-free'.
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