An auDA Director phoned me last week for a chat. I took the opportunity to lament about the current lack of transparency, accountability and communications at auDA. He assured me that with the new CEO on board, this is all going to change. I sincerely hope it does – but I will believe it when I see it.
These are some of the pressing issues that need to be addressed in my opinion:
- Once again, Board Minutes are not publicly available within the promised “one month after meetings”. Given that there were two special Board Meetings held on the 25th and 27th July, these Minutes should now be publicly available. There has been a subsequent Board Meeting on the 30th August, so the Minutes should have been approved for release.
- Why has there still been no official announcement to Members about the three Directors who are no longer in office? I wrote about this here.
- Two of these Directors were “Independent Directors”. Given the often competing interests between Supply and Demand Directors, it is absolutely vital in my opinion that suitably qualified replacements are found sooner rather than later. Balance on the Board is vital.
- What is happening about a replacement for the Demand Class Director (Miguel Wood) who served less than seven months of his two year term? Demand Class is now under-represented.
- What is going on with regards direct registrations? It’s been all quiet for 6 months. There was supposed to be a working group put together from a cross section of stakeholders to come up with implementation recommendations. Plus public consultation etc. I’ve been asking the question of various people including Directors, and I keep getting fobbed off. As a reminder, this is an excerpt from the press release dated 18th April:
“auDA will now undertake a comprehensive policy development process and further stakeholder consultations to determine the best approach for implementing direct registrations in .au, including taking into account the impact on existing registrants, in a manner that is consistent with the .au policy and regulatory framework, and that maintains the overall stability and integrity of the .au DNS.
auDA will make further announcements during the year as the implementation work progresses.”
Come on auDA – please tell us your Members what is going on. You have an obligation to do so. Communication solves a lot of ills. We’re not mushrooms that need to be kept in the dark!