[Community-Discuss] bad ICANN nomcom diversity - Re: ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee Announces Selections - unfortunate Africa distribution

Dr Paulos B Nyirenda paulos at sdnp.org.mw
Fri Sep 2 08:20:55 UTC 2016

I have been trying to work out and understand whether the ICANN NomCom could have 
done better than this in this selection and I find that there could be an inherent problem with 
diversity considerations within the ICANN NomCom

They say that a picture says more than a thousand words, so, take a look at the 2016 ICANN 
NomCom and assess this ICANN asset for your serves:
n.jpg . 
This is the group photo available at: https://www.icann.org/nomcom2016

Is it diverse enough ?

It is then pertinet to ask if this kind of diversity in ICANN NomCom could have led to the 
unfortunate selection of Board members in the recent NomCom announcement. I tend to 
think so, question is, can they see beyond their noses ?

My understanding is that for these things to get this bad at this level, something in the 
oversight function in ICANN is missing or has gone wrong and it should really not be 
happening in 2016 when we are all very conscious of the IANA Transition.

So, studies like this one mentioned by SM are important and it would be good to see the 

Now, if there is any ICANN Board member listening to this, Mike included, please ask the 
Board to take or show a similar picture at the next ICANN Meeting with NomCom in front and 
ICANN Board at the back, then anyone can assess for themselves, especially on the case we 
are dealing with in this thread.


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD

On 31 Aug 2016 at 21:49, SM wrote:

> Hi Walu, Mike, Paulos,
> At 09:17 31-08-2016, Walubengo J wrote:
> >I know it is a touchy subject but fortunately or unfortunately I stand by it.
> A few months ago, the Association Française pour 
> le Nommage Internet en Coopération published a 
> report about ICANN diversity.  According to the 
> report, "Africa, Latin America and Asia are 
> under-represented" as "ICANN community leaders".
> At 07:48 31-08-2016, Dr Paulos B Nyirenda wrote:
> >is not the lever that I want to go down to in 
> >this case for ICANN Board Members, I am talking 
> >about regional diversity as defined in the ICANN 
> >system as well as in our own Africa Region Internet institutions
> >
> >I am not instigating for a quota other than what 
> >is already in the bylaws BUT I am asking for 
> >some reasonablenes in aclaimed ICANN diversity 
> >which  I do not see in the current NomCom 
> >selection, that is the observation that I am making.
> I tried to find information about one of the 
> region's internet institution.  Unfortunately, 
> the Africa Top Level Domain does not make its 
> constitution available on its website.  The ICANN 
> bylaws has a "diversity calculation".  The ALAC 
> Representative for the region is better qualified to explain how that works.
> Regards,
> -sm 
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