[ARIN-consult] Reminder: Consultation on Increasing the size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

John Springer 3johnl at gmail.com
Fri Jun 9 18:45:49 EDT 2017

Enough of the objections to the proposal rely on the notion that diversity
is bad until proven good that I feel I can avoid much reduction in detail
simply by disagreeing with that.

I hope the BoT won't be distracted by this notion. I feel that diversity's
worth is self evident. I think this proposal is a step in the right
direction. I understand that not all feel the same.

John Springer

On Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 11:50 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:

>> > whomever it wants to meet that need.
>> > I don’t know what could be “assured” to be “fairer” than that.
>> It's called "the tyranny of the majority."
>> Even weirder than that, although I couldn't find a breakdown of members
>> by country, I wonder whether Canada is disproportionately represented: 3 of
>> 6 elected Board Members are Canadian.
> Hi,
> Not sure if it's Mike or Lee talking there, but on your way to that query
> you made a classic ass-u-me. ARIN members by country? Members? Does ARIN
> manage IP addresses in trust for the members? Why not the general
> population of the region served? Or the Internet-connected device owners
> within the region served? Or the ARIN registrants?
> I'm here to tell you that the diversity among ARIN's membership is much
> smaller than the diversity among ARIN registrants which in turn is much
> smaller than the diversity among owners of Internet-connected devices.
> Which diversity would you have the board reflect?
> By the general population measure, Canada is grossly overrepresented on
> the Board. They have nearly an order of magnitude more representation than
> they should have.
> The whole concept of diversity here is fraught with pitfalls. That's OK,
> if we decide diversity is valuable we can hash it out. But we're talking
> about expanding the board as a specific measure in support of a diversity
> we haven't successfully defined. IMO that puts the cart so far ahead of the
> horse that it can't even see the horse any more.
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin
> --
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