With auDA Director elections looming, I’d like to share with you how they do it in Canada. They are currently going through their election process, and I’m so impressed how they do it. Australia (auDA) could and should emulate some of their transparency. It is very refreshing.
As I wrote back in April:
“CIRA is their auDA. Membership is free if you are the holder of a domain. It is not automatically foisted on people – it is an opt in process by simply ticking a box. However, they do have approximately 15,000 members! And these members get informed of everything to do with the evolution and growth of the .ca space – and they ultimately get to vote on change. That’s the way it should be.“
CIRA’s election process happens in several stages, beginning with filling seats on the nomination committee in April and ending in an online vote in September. You can read about the process here.
“At CIRA, we believe that Canadians have both the right to be informed about how the Internet develops, and a responsibility to act on it. Whether you use the Internet for work or play, you can influence the future development and direction of the Internet in Canada. Participating in CIRA’s governance is one way you can help build a better online Canada.”
- They clearly outline the options that members have if they want to participate in some way.
- I really like the idea of a nomination committee to sort out ideal candidates first. “Wheat from the chaff” etc.
- From candidate applications to the final vote, the entire election process is held online.
- They have an online forum over a one week period where individual candidates can be questioned as to their stances on various subjects. What a marvellous idea!
- One of my online friends from Canada is standing for election this year. Frank Michlick has been working fulltime in the domain industry since 2001; and is widely respected. It’s good to see an example of a succinct candidate statement on the election forum – plus an example of people making comments and asking questions. I wish Frank great success!
In the forum, one of the topics raised was “CIRA as a Membership Based Organization”. It’s worth a read of the comments. Even though CIRA have over 15,000 members, they still bemoan the fact that engagement with stakeholders is “challenging”. In Australia, we only have about 250 members in total – yet we have about a million more domains!
Thoughts and comments?