Given that Domainer is now deemed as “media” (as I was told last year by a couple of staff members) – all my questions to auDA have to go through the proper channels to get an answer (or should I say “hopefully” get an answer – and not “spin”).
So these are the questions I have sent off to them today.
♦ New membership applications were submitted for approval by the auDA Board on Monday 19th June. I have been advised by several people that no-one has heard a peep from anyone at auDA – and it is now 10 days later. When will prospective new members be advised whether they have been “accepted”? You’ve had their membership application fees for quite a while now!
♦ When is the next Board Meeting being held? We can no longer access this information on the auDA website.
♦ When will the new improved auDA website / members portal be ready? You have been apologising for the current one for 10 months now; and promising (for the same period of time) that a new one was in the works. Surely if you believe that you have the capability to run a Registry in-house, you can at least get a website up and running reasonably quickly? Just as a further suggestion, wouldn’t it be great if we had something like Canada does – an Internet Forum?
♦ At the AGM, the CEO mentioned that he was commissioning Deloitte to do a business case study about the introduction / impact of direct registrations into the Australian namespace. Has this report been completed; and if so, will auDA make it available on their website (as they did with the Westlake report in 2012; and the Cameron Ralph report in 2016)?
♦ Can you please give members an update on the work of the “Direct Registration Advisory Panel”? Is it possible to get a timeline of what is going to happen – and when? Are any of the Panel’s initial recommendations going to go out to public consultation (as is normally the case)?
♦ Given the massive staff turnover at auDA since early 2016, can you please tell all members how many current staff are employed by our Membership Organisation; who they are – and what areas they are responsible for? The staff list was taken off the website last year. If you don’t want to list all the staff, can you at least advise who the senior management are? Just like Canada does.
Hopefully we don’t have to employ the services of “Madame Fortuna” to get these answers. 😉