[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Expanding the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees
owen at delong.com
Tue Apr 10 09:40:11 EDT 2018
Given that one of the proposed reasons for expanding the ARIN board is the theory that this is necessary in order to achieve Caribbean representation, might it not be prudent to see what comes of items 3 and 4 from the March 23 Board meeting?
In particular, Item 4 which is the following motion which was passed in a 5:1:1 vote (Dan Alexander opposing, John Curran abstaining):
"Resolved, the ARIN Board of Trustees recognizes the need to improve Board diversity with regard to Caribbean background, and hereby appoints Patrick Gilmore, Dan Alexander, and, Bill Sandiford, with Bill Sandiford as Chair, to a special "2018 Appointment Candidate Committee" that shall be charged with recruiting, reviewing, and recommending candidates for appointment to the ARIN Board per the ARIN Board Appointment Process to address this concern.”
> On Apr 9, 2018, at 13:42 , ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:
> On 9 April, the Consultation on Board Size was amended to include the link to the proposed Bylaws amendment necessary to effect the proposed change:
> https://www.arin.net/about_us/bot/20180216/exhibit_e.pdf <https://www.arin.net/about_us/bot/20180216/exhibit_e.pdf>
> Communications and Member Services
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
> On 4/6/18 2:14 PM, ARIN wrote:
>> In May 2017, the ARIN Board of Trustees proposed expansion of the size of the Board of Trustees in order to increase opportunities for diversity in the background of Board members, including geographical and gender representation. This proposal was the topic of an energetic community consultation with mixed outcome indicating both support and concerns with such a change. The ARIN Board considered the outcome of the consultation, but ultimately the measure did not achieve the four-fifths approval threshold necessary for changing ARIN's Bylaws.
>> In February of this year, the ARIN Board discussed an additional issue related to the present size of the Board: specifically, the challenge that a smaller Board poses when engaging in strategic discussions, for example in regard to long-term direction or relationships with other Internet organizations. While many of these topics are discussed with the community prior to decision (e.g. formation of the NRO, support for the IANA Stewardship Transition), it is often up to the ARIN Board of Trustees to decide whether to explore these initiatives when they are at an early stage. There is a very wide diversity of the Internet ecosystem that can be affected by ARIN's strategic direction and this includes Internet service providers of all sizes and types (transit, access, etc.), Internet online and content industries, data center and cloud operators, educational and government networks, commercial firms, and civil society. While the Trustees elected by the community often have a broad knowledge of the Internet ecosystem, seven Trustees is a relatively small group to evaluate impacts across the entire Internet ecosystem.
>> As a result of this discussion, the ARIN Board agreed to initiate a new community consultation to expand the number of elected Board members from six to nine, in order to allow for wider representation of the Internet community during Board discussions.
>> *Board proposal:*
>> ARIN should add three more elected voting seats to the Board of Trustees, raising the current six (two elected per year) to nine (three elected per year). New Board seats are to be added to the Board in a phased manner – one per year in the 2018 thru 2020 elections as noted below
>> * October 2018: 3 Board members will be elected for 2019; 8 Trustee board (9 if the appointed seat is used)
>> * October 2019: 3 Board members will be elected for 2020; 9 Trustee board (10 if the appointed seat is used)
>> * October 2020: 3 Board members will be elected for 2021; 10 Trustee board (11 if the appointed seat is used)
>> We are seeking community feedback on this proposed change to the size of the ARIN Board of Trustees. This consultation will remain open for at least 30 days.
>> Please provide comments to arin-consult at arin.net <mailto:arin-consult at arin.net>.
>> Discussion on arin-consult at arin.net <mailto:arin-consult at arin.net> will close on 14 May 2018.
>> If you have any questions, please contact us at info at arin.net <mailto:info at arin.net>.
>> John Curran
>> President and CEO
>> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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