On the 24th August 2018, auDA publicly posted that the Chairman of the PRP (Policy Review Panel) welcomed “Focus Groups in relation to direct registration implementation policy“.
Most notably, auDA stated the first “focus group” was to be the Domain Investor Working Group “convened by Robert Kaay”.
“Convened” means “bring together for a meeting”, and that’s what I did. I reached out to a number of high-profile business people and domain investors (aka entrepreneurs!) and asked them to be a part of what I hoped would be a “fair consultation process” regarding implementation of Direct .AU Registrations.
At short-notice last Thursday, the DIWG was shocked to find its name changed to the DIFG instead? Without consultation. And we were all individually asked to attend a meeting in Melbourne at very short notice, instead of as a group.
That same day, The PRP released their new version of the Public Consultation Paper regarding Existing Policy Reform and Implementation of Direct .AU Registration on the auDA website.
After reading the new Policy Review Panel PUBLIC CONSULTATION PAPER (Feb 2019), I now wish to state that I no longer have confidence that The PRP has listened, or intends to listen to the DIWG, business people, domain name investors or entrepreneurs in regards to their thoughts or concerns on Direct .AU Registration implementation.
Furthermore, I believe that one or two individual people involved with The PRP are responsible for initiating brand new rules that are intended to attack existing domain name holders. Existing domain name holders who have complied and obeyed auDA Policy for decades, only to have a few Panel Members of The PRP attempt to turn back the clock in a bid to confiscate domains from legitimate holders.
Therefore, I formally advise The PRP that I am disbanding the DIWG (Domain Investor Working Group) and I have informed all members.
As many people have said before me, I am greatly concerned that the Panel lacks objectivity and I no longer have confidence that The PRP can proceed in a manner that is in the best interests of the Australian internet community.
I particularly made mention of this in March 2018, when I posted auDA’s Policy Review Panel was always doomed on NameBid.
Nothing seems to have changed.