[AFRI-Discuss] Additional Volunteers: Draft Statement: Enhancing Accountability - Recommendations for Diversity

Yrjö Länsipuro yrjo_lansipuro at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 4 09:00:33 UTC 2017

Dear all,

Nor do I have much to add to the recommendations.

Regarding languages: in spite of  translations/interpretation into six UN languages, not everybody  has the privilege of reading documents and following  meetings in their  native language.   That's why the use of maximally understandable English (written and oral)  would be important also  from diversity point of view, for the benefit of speakers of eg. Hindi, Japanese, German, etc., etc...and Finnish...


From: Bastiaan Goslings <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net>
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 9:37 AM
To: Ariel Liang
Cc: Bastiaan Goslings; sebastien at bachollet.com; Yrjö Länsipuro; Judith Hellerstein; Beran Dondeh via AFRI-Discuss; Alan Greenberg; Evin Erdogdu
Subject: Re: Additional Volunteers: Draft Statement: Enhancing Accountability - Recommendations for Diversity

Thanks, Ariel!

@those who volunteered:

Any suggestions how to move this forward? Fyi I read the first 12 pages of the draft recommendations last week, will try to finish rest of it later, but to be honest it is going to be very hard for me to suggest positive comments for ALAC/At-Large here.

I too am convinced ‘diversity’ is a good and important thing to strive for. But it is not a goal in itself as far as I am concerned - I could not care less whether someone is black or blue or what her/his sexual orientation might be. Without going into detail, (the first half of) this draft is the most political correct piece of windowdressing material I have come across in a long time. Simply put, IMO, its reads as a plea for ‘diversity for the sake of diversity and let’s focus on that in stead of what ICANN’s missions tells us to’. Emphasised by a large amount of supposedly ‘factual’ statements without basis/underlying sources etc.

I am aware that is a personal impression, and others will definitely disagree. Great, and maybe rightly so. No sweat. Assuming this is a topic (some?) people within ALAC/At-Large have a strong opinion about, I think it is better if they come up with text while I stay neutral…


> On 29 Nov 2017, at 00:41, Ariel Liang <ariel.liang at icann.org> wrote:
> Hello All,
> Just want to let you know that Judith and Beran have volunteered to help draft a Statement on this public comment.
> Thank you for your collaboration.
> Best,
> Ariel
> From: Ariel Liang <ariel.liang at icann.org>
> Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 2:48 PM
> To: "sebastien at bachollet.com" <sebastien at bachollet.com>, Yrjö Länsipuro <yrjo_lansipuro at hotmail.com>, Bastiaan Goslings <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net>
> Cc: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>
> Subject: Draft Statement: Enhancing Accountability - Recommendations for Diversity
> Hello Sebastien, Yrjo, and Bastiaan,
> During the ALT Call today, the public comment on the Enhancing Accountability - Recommendations for Diversity has been discussed.
> Sebastian and Yrjo, please be so kind to collaborate on the drafting of the statement. Bastiaan has volunteered to do a ‘sanity check’ after the draft is done.
> Please note that the public comment will close on 15 Dec. It is recommended that you complete the first draft by 29 Nov, so that it leaves one week for the community to comment, and the ALAC to ratify the statement before the public comment deadline.
> Once ready, please post the first draft on the wiki here: https://community.icann.org/x/Z5tEB
> Thank you,
> Ariel Liang
> Ariel Xinyue Liang
> Policy Analyst | Washington, DC
> Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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