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

Jason Schiller jschiller at google.com
Mon Apr 9 13:55:08 EDT 2018

One of the things that came up in the last consultation to expand the board
was a specific ask wrt
restrictions with the newly added seats, such as ensuring regionality
(Canada, US, Caribbean),
Gender, representative of member types (large IPS, small ISP, content
provider, rural)...

I think this whole discussion would be more fruitful if as you say, we
agreed on
requirements wrt the new board seats (and possibly some or all of the old
"This idea would probably make more sense if the specific
diversifications desired were assigned to these new roles."

I am less concerned about if these new board seats are voting or
so long as the have equal access to the board discussions and presence at
the votes.

In short, what wider representation of the Internet community is needed,
what restriction would be applied to the seats to ensure that.


On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 2:43 PM <bzs at theworld.com> wrote:

> I have no particular problem with expanding the board, let a thousand
> flowers bloom (or ten anyhow.)
> HOWEVER, my unsolicited idea is why not create either multiple kinds
> of board positions, where by "multiple" I'm thinking two at least to
> begin, voting/non-voting or similar.
> Or another (small) "advisory" -- pick a word, let's not get hung up on
> terminology -- board with enough teeth that it's not just token.
> I'd argue, for starters, just being in the room and having a role and
> access to the same information would be enough to make it more than
> just token.
> A lot of diversity depends on just being heard effectively as much as
> specific voting/veto powers.
> This idea would probably make more sense if the specific
> diversifications desired were assigned to these new roles.
> That could even be a transitional change, something to do for some
> number of years, review the result, and take up expanding the board
> per se, or not, at a later date.
> P.S. I do realize this would be more work in terms of organizational
> and by-laws changes, etc than just expanding the existing board. It's
> not as simple as changing a number. The new structures would have to
> be defined and incorporated into existing structures including no
> doubt legal considerations (e.g., how would such a newly defined role
> be indemnified?)
> --
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