Yesterday the auDA Annual General Meeting was held “virtually”. Apparently a recording was made, and will be available on the website soon.
Did anyone watch it? I did – and I know Ian Halson also did.
In fact, the only two questions that were asked were from Ian! Not like the old days. 🙂
What did I get out of it?
- The new / amended Constitution was approved / rubber stamped by the only people currently allowed to vote (the Governing Members).
- The good news arising from the amended Constitution is that from September next year (2022), Associate Members will be allowed to vote and have a proper say. However auDA tries to spin it, the last few years have seen members effectively disenfranchised. ✔️
- I learnt that Vicki Middleton is no longer the Government observer. Lachlann Paterson has taken her place.
- The CEO (Rosemary Sinclair) made an observation how well the .au ccTLD is doing compared to some worldwide counterparts. In paraphrasing her, she said we can be proud that Australia is “just outside the Top 10” (or words to that effect). Being a bit long in the tooth, I looked up some previous stats which were reported back in 2015 on Domainer. My friend Luke Summers penned this article.
- The fact is, in Q1 – 2015, Australia was in the Top 10 with over 2.9 million registrations. Without looking it up, from memory Australia was in the TOP 10 for a number of years. Fast forward 6.8 years, and we currently sit at around 3.3 million. A couple of other ccTLDS have pushed us out. See for yourself.
P.S. But fear not! Next year we should be back in the TOP 10 after artificially increasing registrations with the intro of .au. 😲
Excerpt from AusRegistry’s Behind the Dot – State of the .au Domain, Edition 4, August 2015
TOP 10 LARGEST CCTLDs BY NUMBER OF REPORTED DOMAIN NAMES – Source: ZookNIC, Q2 2021
Any thoughts or comments on anything?
Ned O’Meara – 17th November 2021