[arin-ppml] Future pressures on the ARIN policy process (Was: Use of "reserved" address space)

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Thu Jul 1 14:45:38 EDT 2010


On Jul 1, 2010, at 2:29 PM, "William Herrin" <bill at herrin.us<mailto:bill at herrin.us>> wrote:

That's the point. Hand-pick the board and you can ram through nearly
anything you want, even if it has a significant downside for ARIN
participants who aren't you. There are some limits in place, but
little that isn't readily skirted with a simple majority vote of board
members. Certainly nothing of the "checks and balances" variety built
down in the portions of ARIN's structure that are immutable.

Things like the board members not drafting policies... the board can
change that with a simple majority vote.

I'm also not entirely sure how ARIN went about changing "those who pay
$500 are eligible to vote" to "those who pay and hold resources." Was
voting eligibility also decided with a vote of the board? If a process
can change it one way, the same process can change it another.


You are absolutely correct with respect to the power of the Board
and ability of a single entity to potentially "capture" the organization
if they were able to dominate an election at the last minute.  This is
the type of potential risk that the Board considered when making the
recent changes in membership and voting.

/John

John Curran
President and CEO
ARIN

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