[ARIN-consult] Amended ACSP Consultation: Expanding the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

vinton cerf vgcerf at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 16:04:29 EDT 2018

David, that's a very interesting way to try to reach many of our goals for
Board make up and perhaps gives useful guidance to the nominating committee.


On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 2:13 PM, David Farmer <farmer at umn.edu> wrote:

> I am not opposed to the idea of expanding the board, a change from six to
> nine elected board members with the CEO as an ex officio member seems
> reasonable to me. However, I cannot support the current proposal as
> written.  The primary flaw I see in the current proposal is that it simply
> expands the board without modifying how the board is selected. I believe
> the issue at hand is as much about how the board is selected as much as it
> is about the size of the board.
> Currently, a combined slate of candidates is proposed by the nominating
> committee for the two board positions up for election each year, and the
> two candidates with the most votes from the combined slate are selected.
> This sometimes degrades into a popularity contest.  Name recognition plays
> as big a role as the qualifications of a candidate in determining who
> prevails, potentially leaving the board without necessary expertise even
> though the slate may have included candidates with the necessary
> expertise.  Just adding another position selected by this same process, selecting
> the three candidates with the most votes from the combined slate, I fear
> will only have a nominal effect on the composition of the board, and simply
> result in a larger board with many of the same issues.
> In addition to expanding the board, I suggest each of the three board
> positions up for election have a separate slate of two or more candidates
> each year, instead of the current process with it's combined slate.
> This allows the nominating committee, with advice from the board, to select
> candidates with the expertise needed by the board to compete for a single
> position and ensure a candidate with the necessary expertise will prevail
> in the election. I don't think criteria for each position should be
> enshrined in the bylaws, as the needs of the board will change and evolve
> over time, but many of the issues discussed recently should be considered;
> sector representation, organization types, etc...
> Thanks.
> On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM, ARIN <members at arin.net> wrote:
>> (You are only receiving this final version.)
>> 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 bro
>>  ad 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)
>> The link to the proposed Bylaws amendment necessary to effect such a
>> change can be viewed at: https://www.arin.net/about_us/
>> bot/20180216/exhibit_e.pdf
>> 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. You can subscribe to
>> this mailing list at: http://lists.arin.net/mailman/listinfo/arin-consult
>> .
>> Discussion on arin-consult at arin.net will close on 14 May 2018.
>> If you have any questions, please contact us at info at arin.net.
>> Regards,
>> John Curran
>> President and CEO
>> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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