[tz] Was Azerbaijan the first government to cite tzdb?
philip at trouble.is
Sat Nov 11 01:51:51 UTC 2017
On 2017-11-10 09:57:30 (+0000), Zefram wrote:
>Paul Eggert wrote:
>>Is the March 2016 announcement the first time a government has cited
>Watch out for the next milestone in this direction: the tail wagging
>the dog. Look what happened to country-code TLDs. [...]
>How would this manifest among timezones? If tzdb is taken as the
>arbiter of what is a timezone, which it indeed functions as for some
>purposes, maybe there'll be a desire for each country to have its own
>(non-link) timezone, as a matter of national pride. [...]
>For this to start happening just needs governments to perceive that
>appearing on computers' lists of timezones is desirable. The payoff
>isn't as obvious as the benefit of controlling a TLD, and it all
>requires a much greater popular awareness of computer timezone handling
>than has previously been the case. But the Azerbaijani government
>citing tzdb shows that we're well along an upward trend of the latter.
>I think the whole scenario is plausible, for a few years from now.
Take that thought a bit further and ICANN will be selling timezones to
the highest bidder another decade down the line.
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