Rob Kaay wrote this article on Friday. It was about some nefarious goings on at auDA concerning a domain name that had been effectively stripped from a domain investor.
Well, that domain investor was me.
And yes, nefarious is a strong adjective – but I believe it to be apt in these circumstances. In my opinion, auDA’s new CEO (Rosemary Sinclair) has stifled truth, transparency and accountability.
And for those who know about my efforts to hold auDA to account over the years, this was something I had hoped I would never have to do again. But they have forced my hand. I hope the Minister responsible takes note – this was supposed to be the new auDA. Transparent and accountable.
- After writing to a Government department back in December 2019, I was quickly given written permission to use a domain name containing a term on auDA’s Reserve List. A domain I’d held for a long time. However the approval was not correctly addressed, and an auDA Compliance Officer asked me to try and get this changed.
- It didn’t happen – and cutting a very long story short, I smelt a rat. So I proceeded with an FOI application, and discovered there was an email from “someone at auDA” to this Government department back on the 7th January 2020. When I say “someone”, the FOI returns were redacted in part.
- So I went to the AAT – the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. This application is ongoing, and so therefore I am limited to what I can say. But I did find out who sent the email, and what was said. If you were in my position, it would make your eyes water!
What Happened Next
- I wrote to Rosemary Sinclair – the new auDA CEO on the 31st August. I thought that once presented the facts, I would get a fair response from her.
- Didn’t happen. On the contrary, I got “threatened” about using the information I had discovered. Ouch.
- On Friday – some 60 days after my letter, I received the following email from her. Quite frankly, it is laughable – but I will let it speak for itself. There are a lot of questions begging to be asked and answered. You be the judge. In deference to the ongoing proceedings at the AAT, I have redacted certain information.