Because if they listened and engaged, then we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in today. Them and us.
I’ve been a member of many auDA working groups and panels over the years – because I wanted to participate in determining the future of .au. Why? Because I was a stakeholder with a large portfolio of .au domain names. So there was plenty of self-interest, but I always tabled that up front.
In the early days, it was joked that I was the “token domainer” on these panels! But I always put my views in a constructive manner – and sometimes I was on the losing side. And I accepted that as democracy in action.
The thing that I really liked about the old auDA was that whenever something significant was contemplated for the .au space, they always got working groups and panels together from a cross-section of stakeholders in the Australian internet community. Supply, Demand and Government.
Here We Are Today
♦ New Chairman; new CEO. Some like me thought this would be a breath of fresh air, but alas it has turned into puffery.
♦ Lots of staffers with loads of collective experience out the door.
♦ Contemplated policy changes are determined by decree or outsourced “experts” rather than by industry based panels.
♦ Communication, transparency and engagement with members are no longer in play (though the CEO tries to pretend otherwise).
♦ Elected Directors are muzzled from properly engaging with the people that voted for them.
♦ Changes are summarily introduced on a “fait accompli” basis without reference to the long standing constitutional rights of members.
I could go on …
Don’t Shoot The Messenger
I know I am “hated” with a vengeance by certain auDA Directors. I’ve heard that I’m described as simply an agitator. I have been called “disgusting” by the Chairman (who used to be a friend) – and he has also accused me of cyber-bullying female Directors. I have asked him three times in writing to substantiate this latter claim – but nothing has been forthcoming.
The CEO has little time for me, and any answers he does deign to give me are couched in “political speak”.
There is no online portal provided by auDA for members to ask questions and get replies, so it’s up to blogs like mine, and forums like DNTrade, to highlight issues that affect us.
auDA, if you properly and constructively engage with your members, then you wouldn’t face this angst and impending rebellion.
Ned O’Meara – 16th June 2017