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

Adam Brenner adam at solidnetwork.org
Tue Apr 10 11:21:53 EDT 2018

On 04/06/2018 11:14 AM, 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. 

As an ARIN member who holds IPv4, IPv6 and AS resources, I do NOT agree 
with this. If given the chance, I will vote NO.

I will give the same response I did last time when this was mentioned to 
the community:

The first and *only* priority from ARIN should be seeking candidates who 
are qualified for the position; diversity should not be in that 

In general:
If you are NOT qualified to do the work you are either NOT hired for the 
position or you are fired from it. This is what happens around the world 
in every business. ARIN's board should not be any different.

Is it up to the community (everyone) to decide which candidate should 
represent them via the current ARIN voting process. Any person may 
choose to vote on a candidate based on what ever factors *they* believe 
in. This could be: qualification, diversity, background, random guess, 
what region they are from, etc. ARIN simply needs to administer this 
process. This process *is already fair* -- we the community 
nominate/volunteer to run for the board AND elect the board. It has been 
like that for years, the entire community voting on who gets into the 
board. It is the ultimate democratic and fair process.

Nothing needs to change and no additional board seats should be added in 
order to reach diversity. As said by others, simply adding more seats 
does NOT guarantee a diverse board.

Adam Brenner, Chief Executive Officer
SolidNetwork Technologies, Inc.

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