[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee Announces Selections - unfortunate Africa d

Barrack Otieno otieno.barrack at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 07:14:28 UTC 2016

Hello SM,

I have managed to download it on my end and sent it to you. You could
as well check under the resources section.

Thank you for the feedback. I also appreciate the fact that the
African community is discussing this matter that was raised by Dr.
Nyirenda. It is a common secret that we have experienced some tensions
whenever we have elections for our regional organizations based on
regional or language issues. This issue has been discussed in many
meetings including at the Africa Internet Summit. Going forward we
should continuously be deliberate and intentional in ensuring that
leadership roles are distributed in a way that reflects regional
balance akin to what AFRINIC does. Be that as it may , i am also
cognizant of the fact that it becomes harder to implement this at an
International (ICANN) Level. However, this is something that the
NOMCOM can look into to enhance and encourage  participation from
Sub-regions. I think the IETF really needs it as well if we are to
increase participation from the African Region as discussed during the
Africa Internet Summit this year.


On 9/1/16, SM <sm at resistor.net> wrote:
> Hi Barrack,
> At 22:44 31-08-2016, Barrack Otieno wrote:
>>Noted with thanks, click on the hot link (in red) you will be able to
>>download it. The ICANN Bylaws were recently reviewed in light of the
> There are read links at the bottom of the window.  I don't see any
> link displayed in red about "The AfTLD Constitution".  I am attaching
> a screenshot as it may be easier for you to understand the problem.
>>IANA transition, the revisions were aimed at empowering stakeholders.
>>We might not be at the level of the ICANN Nomcom but we make
>>deliberate efforts to ensure we are balanced as a regional body, i
>>beleive this is the case in ICANN as well as AFRINIC. That said there
>>are many dynamics at play that make it difficult to sustain regional
>>balance. Most of this positions take into consideration the effort
>>made by the applicants in contributing to the overall vision or
>>mission of the organization, i think this needs to be highlighted
>>since NOMCOMs are likely to give priority to applicants who are
>>qualified and have invested in the process or organization over a
>>period of time as opposed to those who are qualified but have little
>>or no interest in the organization. One of my spiritual teachers used
>>to tell me that involvement is key to your call and destiny, i think
>>encouraging as many people to be involved as we have done in the
>>recent past is key to resolving this challenge. We cannot legislate it
>>or resolve it using bylaws.
> Thanks for the above explanation.  I should have mentioned that the
> discussion about diversity caught my attention as I am on the IETF
> Diversity Design Team.  I agree with you about involvement.  It is
> easy to verify whether a person is interested by looking at the
> relevant mailing list archives.
> The Afrinic Constitution does not contain the word "diversity".  It
> defines six sub-regions; there is a director representing each
> region.  I don't know whether AfricaCERT is one of the institutions
> Paulos was referring to.  According to its website, "AfricaCERT
> elected a new BOARD of Director" in 2015.  I unfortunately could not
> find any information about its constitution or the new board.
> How can diversity be studied to determine whether there is a problem
> if there isn't any information available?
> Regards,
> -sm

Barrack O. Otieno
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