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
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.
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-cons...@arin.net. You can subscribe to
this mailing list at: http://lists.arin.net/mailman/listinfo/arin-consult.
Discussion on arin-cons...@arin.net will close on 14 May 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact us at i...@arin.net.
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American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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