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Re: Diversity fund selection committee

From: Léonie Watson <lw@tetralogical.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:52:56 +0000
To: Madlaina Kalunder <madlaina.kalunder@gmx.ch>
Cc: public-idcg@w3.org
Message-ID: <e6fef31c-80d1-539f-62cb-e8a01bce0407@tetralogical.com>

On 14/02/2019 05:32, Madlaina Kalunder wrote:
> My concern was mostly about the influence of the sponsoring companies on 
> the selection process. Depending on the candidates affiliations a 
> company might get into a problematic scenario - unless all applicant 
> data gets anonymised.
> However this might be regulated depending on what is the decision power 
> of one representative of a company.


I don't think any one member of the selection committee should have the 
ability to block a candidate. Members of the selection committee should 
be guided by the selection criteria, before coming to consensus around 
the successful candidate(s).

> 
> Having that said - I don't think a sponsorship should not by default 
> give a seat at the committee. It will also bring up questions on the 
> size of that group (as Deborah stated) and further questions.

Other than the logistics of organising a conference call to review the 
candidates, does the size of the selection committee matter too much?

The selection itself could be done using an online survey platform (like 
the WBS system used by the W3C), or even by email (like we do in this CG).


> 
> I believe that a small neutral committe  of 6-8 people can do a good job 
> without too much overhead.

This is certainly true. If we'd used this model in 2018 we'd have had 8 
people on the selection committee. In 2019 I hope we'll have more 
sponsors, but my feeling is that we're unlikely to reach an unmanageable 
number - and if we do, ,we can always revise the plan in 2020.



> 
> I was looking at it from a perspective of the IE regulations and that it 
> is emphasized that we do not take part on behalf of our affiliations.

I think we can put together some guidelines for participation in the 
selection committee that do something similar.

> 
> Again I would love to hear other opinions on this - I am not fully set 
> on this but want to give a different perspective.
> 

Perspectives are always very welcome! I would like to put this out for a 
CFC by the end of the week if I can, so comments from others on either 
of the ideas being discussed would be terrific.

Léonie.

> Regards,
> 
> Madlaina
> 
> On 13 Feb 2019 10:11, Léonie Watson <lw@tetralogical.com> wrote:
> 
>     Thanks Deborah and Madlaina.
> 
>     Can you help me understand, what is the concern with having more
>     sponsor
>     representatives on the committee than W3 or IDCG people?
> 
>     The sponsors will be W3C member organisations. Last year it was
>     Microsoft, Samsung Internet, ConsenSys, and The Paciello Group. We
>     don't
>     know who will sponsor in 2019 of course, so previous sponsors doesn't
>     give us much to go on it's true.
> 
>     My concern with an elected committee is that it creates a lot of
>     overhead. If we think it's worth it, then I'm sure we could do it
>     though.
> 
>     One immediate question is who would be able to vote in the election?
>     Suggestions include members of this CG, members of the AC, or anyone
>     involved with the W3C.
> 
>     Léonie.
> 
> 
> 
>     On 13/02/2019 06:19, Madlaina Kalunder wrote:
>      > Good day everyone
>      >
>      > I would like to follow up on Deborahs points. I think that the
>     selection
>      > committee should be as independent as possible. Therefore I
>     suggest that
>      > it should not consist of members of the sponsor organisations.
>     The first
>      > step would be to determine the size of the committee and then the
>      > election process. In this case members of the committee's could be
>      > elected for a longer period of time - regardless of their companies
>      > sponsorship status.
>      >
>      > x elected individuals
>      > 2 people from the W3C team;
>      > 2 people from the IDCG
>      >
>      > I am not an expert either in how these processes work at w3c. I am
>      > looking forward to hearing your thoughts and arguments
>      >
>      > Regards
>      > Madlaina
>      >
>      > On 13 Feb 2019 04:05, deborah.kaplan@suberic.net wrote:
>      >
>      >     I'm no expert in the correct balancing of selection
>     committees, but
>      >     this seems acceptable to me. My one worry would be that the
>     number
>      >     of sponsor/donor organsations and the amount they contribute can
>      >     vary. So if there are two organisations and they each give
>     half the
>      >     funding, they collectively are a third of the committee. And if
>      >     there are 15 organizations that each give 1/15 of the
>     funding, they
>      >     collectively comprise almost the entire committee.
>      >
>      >     But perhaps that worry is reasonable in theory but not so
>     much in
>      >     practice -- maybe there's always a good sense about how many
>      >     sponsoring organizations there are.
>      >
>      >     Deborah
>      >
>      >     On Sun, 10 Feb 2019, Léonie Watson wrote:
>      >
>      >      > Everyone,
>      >      >
>      >      > The next thing we need to figure out about the diversity
>     fund, is
>      >     who should
>      >      > be on the selection committee.
>      >      >
>      >      > To start the conversation, I suggest the selection committee
>      >     consist of:
>      >      >
>      >      > 1 person from each sponsor/donor organisation;
>      >      > 2 people from the W3C team;
>      >      > 2 people from the IDCG.
>      >      >
>      >      > Thoughts?
>      >      >
>      >      > Léonie.
>      >      >
>      >      >
>      >
>      >     --
>      >
>      >
> 
>     -- 
>     Director @TetraLogical
> 
> 

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