[bestbits] Results of Best Bits steering committee election

Renata Aquino Ribeiro raquino at gmail.com
Sun Sep 3 20:43:18 EDT 2017


Thank you Imram and Dave
I guess, seeing we are six and four are on the same page, we can
consider that integrating Antonella into the SC group w/ voting rights
is a go :) Unless there are objections.

I guess now our challenge is talking about our next steps.
And as we had fewer candidates than SC slots, I'm guessing other
volunteers who want to collaborate may be joining in for projects or
There's a lot that can be done and not too many of us.



On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 5:26 AM,  <imran at igfpak.org> wrote:
> Dear Jeremy and All,
> Thanks for your efforts and support for conducting the Best Bits Steering
> Committee Election perfectly.
> Congratulation to the elected members of the "Best Bits Steering Committee".
> Although voting turnout is very low, which is around 12% out of 26% who (at
> least) tried to use their ballot, but only 47% out of them could
> successfully cast their e-vote. So, one of the agenda item could be
> encouraging our members to participate in the BestBits activities, whereas
> election is also an important activity.
> I also agree on the suggestion to co-opt Antonella onto the steering
> committee. I hope her participation would be helpful for us.
>> Congratulations to the new elected Best Bits committee members!
> Thanks
>> I would also like offer my services to the new committee to assist them
>> with
>> administrative duties, such as maintenance of the website and mailing
>> list, if required.
> Thanks for your offer, yes we need your support, please keep performing
> administrative role of the website as well as mailing list. I am also
> available to assist you if and when required.
> Thanking you and Best Regards
> Imran Ahmed Shah
> Founder, President & Executive Member of
>    Linguistic Internet Council,
>    Urdu Internet Society
>    Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan
> Quoting Jeremy Malcolm <jmalcolm at eff.org>:
>> The results of the Best Bits steering committee election are in.
>> Ballots were sent to the 519 members of this list who have been members
>> for two months prior to the election, although some of these bounced.
>> 134 of these members clicked on the invitation email, but only 63 of
>> them followed through and completed the voting forum by clicking the
>> submit button on the page.  (The former figure might not be completely
>> accurate, because some corporate email systems will automatically click
>> on links in email, to check whether they are phishing or as part of a
>> malware scan.  But we can be pretty confident about the latter figure.)
>> Although we had more available positions on the steering committee than
>> nominees, because of the availability of "no candidate" as an option, I
>> have applied the criterion that in order to be elected to the steering
>> committee you must have had more people voting for you than voting for
>> "no candidate".  With 63 votes cast, this means that the threshold for
>> election was 32 votes.  In other words, if 31 people didn't want you on
>> the committee but 32 people did, you would be elected.
>> Of the 63 votes, 15 did not want a steering committee to be elected at
>> all; in other words they voted "no candidate" for every position.  Of
>> the remaining 48:
>>   * 3 voted for the election of a only single member
>>   * 4 voted for the election of only two members
>>   * 4 voted for the election of only three members
>>   * 12 voted for the election of only four members
>>   * 7 voted for the election of only five members
>>   * 18 voted for the election of all six members
>> The precise number of votes received for each candidate was as follows:
>>   * Nighat Dad: 38 votes
>>   * Poncelet Ileleji: 38 votes
>>   * Renata Ribeiro: 37 votes
>>   * Dave Burstein: 37 votes
>>   * Imran Ahmed Shah: 33 votes
>>   * Antonella Perini: 31 votes
>> This means that only one candidate received less than 32 votes, but only
>> a single vote less, which is virtually a rounding error!  So I feel bad
>> for Antonella Perini and I would like to point out to the new steering
>> committee that if they would like to co-opt her onto the committee as an
>> honorary non-voting member, past precedent would allow them to do this.
>> Also, this would ensure that the steering committee has a 50/50% equal
>> gender balance, as well as giving effect to the most popular choice that
>> there should be a steering committee of six.  Nevertheless, I leave this
>> for the new committee to decide.
>> Congratulations to the new elected Best Bits committee members!  I would
>> also like offer my services to the new committee to assist them with
>> administrative duties, such as maintenance of the website and mailing
>> list, if required.
>> If anyone would like to review the raw data from the polling software in
>> order to verify the results as I have presented them, please let me know
>> and I will send it to you as a spreadsheet.
>> --
>> Jeremy Malcolm
>> Senior Global Policy Analyst
>> Electronic Frontier Foundation
>> https://eff.org
>> jmalcolm at eff.org
>> Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161
>> :: Defending Your Rights in the Digital World ::
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