[UA-discuss] Question for UASG Chair candidates: what are strategic obstacles blocking UA?

Wijayawardhana wijayawardhana at proton.me
Fri Mar 24 18:27:55 UTC 2023

I appreciate Anil and Satish's perspective and comments, and I concur with Jim that this conversation needs to continue.

Also, I would like the UASG community to start a real discussion about having leaders from other regions rather than having the leadership of the UASG be dominated and influenced by people from a single region. As we are well aware, the first four years were spent solely in Latin America, followed by the following four years in India. As a result, all of the working group members and ambassadors were created accordingly.
I think it's time, it's enough, and the UASG community needs some serious thinking and discussion about having seats set out for each of the five ICANN regions, much like we do in other working groups and nom com.
We can't do that for the chair, but can certainly do it for vice chairs, working group chairs, vice chairs, ambassadors, etc. There should only be room for one vice chair, working group chair &vice chair from each region. Even if they nominate, they must do so for the one seat that ought to be set aside for that area. By doing so, we can encourage engagement from all of ICANN's regions and have representatives from those regions inspire and entice others in their area to work on the UA mission.

Also, it is clear at the moment that several regions have nominated UA ambassadors just for prestige, particularly in India; they have not added anything to the UASG objective. There shouldn't be any permanent positions, and those who don't contribute should be asked to go so that there is room for others.

I'm sorry if I sound harsh, but a change is necessary if we actually want the UASG to function well after eight years. If not, we run the risk of having either only Americans or only Indians for another four years. The most notable example is the fact that there are only two Indian candidates running for chair and that no one else even dared to enter the race. If this trend continues in all other posts, the UASG will be dominated by individuals from a certain region.

Thank you very much!

------- Original Message -------
On Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 at 15:22, Jim DeLaHunt via UA-discuss <ua-discuss at icann.org> wrote:

> Thank you, Satish Babu and Anil Jain, for your thoughtful answers to the
> question.
> On 2023-03-22 20:45, Satish Babu wrote:
> > Here are my thoughts on the strategic obstacles that are inhibiting
> > the goal of Universal Acceptance.…
> > …[thoughtful answer omitted]…
> On 2023-03-23 00:25, Anil Jain via UA-discuss wrote:
> > According to me, the most significant strategic hurdles currently
> > impeding Universal Acceptance are:…
> > …[thoughtful answer omitted]…
> I am glad to see replies from other people. I would be happy if this
> developed into a discussion among all of us.
> Best regards,
> —Jim DeLaHunt, from Canada
> --
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