[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Expanding the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

John Comfort john at comfortconsulting.com
Fri Apr 6 17:26:19 EDT 2018

Thank you John Curran for the explanation.

To recap then, the consideration to increase the size of the board was
initiated by a need to expand the "breath of knowledge" in matters
discussed within the board meetings, correct?

I ask this question because I want to make sure we are clear on our
objectives and motives.  You have my support if "breadth of knowledge" is
the reason for this consultation.  I do not support this initiative if it
involves cherry-picking a race or gender to align with politically
motivated agendas.

Thank you again,


On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 2:16 PM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:

> On 6 Apr 2018, at 4:52 PM, Mel Stotyn <Mel.Stotyn at sjrb.ca> wrote:
> John Curran said:
> > ARIN (along with the other RIRs) is inevitably involved in setting the
> strategic direction for the evolution of the Internet Number registry
> system.
> This example of why a larger and (hopefully) more diverse board would be
> helpful seems to me an odd example. “ARIN (along with the other RIRs)”
> results in a larger group with more diverse experience and certainly
> geographically diverse outlooks. A few more on one of the geographic
> participants doesn’t seem to be necessary in this case.
> Mel -
>   Excellent point - while the RIRs collectively set the Internet number
> registry system direction, that’s actually the outcome of the individual
> RIR processes.
>   Our coordination with the other RIRs is primarily operational activities
> based on the NRO and ASO MOU’s that we have in place – our strategic
> alignment occurs because each community sets a similar direction as
> developed via its own RIR processes, or as the result of public processes
> that we set up for a specific purpose (such as the IANA Stewardship
> Transition plan development.)
>   There’s good anti-trust reasons that each RIR must set its own
> direction, and additionally we routinely face topics that must be
> considered in confidence but principally affect only the ARIN-region
> community (such as the NANOG formation example.)  This combination of
> factors limits our ability to utilize other RIR Boards when weighing ARIN
> decisions about strategic matters.
> Thanks!
> /John
> John Curran
> President and CEO
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