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

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Fri Jun 9 18:51:11 EDT 2017

On Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM, John Springer <3johnl at gmail.com> wrote:

> Enough of the objections to the proposal rely on the notion that diversity
> is bad until proven good

Hi John,

I hope you don't mean my objections because if you do then you haven't
understood a thing I've written.


> 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
>> --
>> William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
>> Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>
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Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>
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