Age diversity is beneficial to the ICANN community according to the results of a recent Age Diversity and Participation Survey conducted by ICANN whose results were released Tuesday.
According to the report, 96% of the 380 respondents said age diversity is beneficial for the ICANN community in a survey conducted from 10 March to 19 April this year. Respondents were very positive to the age diverse community, with the majority of respondents saying the ICANN community is age-diverse while few identified age as a barrier to participation. The majority of respondents said the ICANN community provides fair and equal treatment, values knowledge and skills, and offers opportunities for advancement to a position of community leadership to members of all ages. In general, respondents are satisfied as members of the ICANN community; they have a positive view of ICANN’s overall current reputation (especially younger respondents); and most say the reputation of the ICANN community is improving.
However when responses were broken down by individual age groups younger respondents and females felt the most negatively affected by their age. They are also less aware of the procedures to report ageism. Younger people were less likely to say the ICANN community is age diverse and less likely to feel included, more likely to feel disadvantaged and more likely to say they have personally experienced or witnessed ageism.
Overall younger respondents were positive about the ICANN community and most are optimistic about initiatives to improve age diversity.
The major barrier to participation in the ICANN community had nothing to with age or sex though. Survey respondents said cost is the most significant barrier to participation.
The full report is available to download here: go.icann.org/agesurvey
The report is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.