For those out there that think I’m on a solo mission to discredit auDA (in particular its Chair and CEO), then I have to tell you I’m not alone.
Other more esteemed publications than mine are writing articles about the current shenanigans at auDA.
Yesterday, David Goldstein from DomainPulse wrote an interesting article which raised serious questions about potential or perceived conflicts of interest between Cameron Boardman (CEO) and Dr Michaella Richards. This situation needs to be clarified.
The day prior to that, he wrote these two articles:
About David Goldstein
For those that may think “what would he know”, I can tell you he is far more knowledgeable about the worldwide domain industry than many of us put together!
He was also an auDA Board member (2005 to 2007), served on 3 auDA Names Policy Panels (2007, 2010 and 2015), and was a supplier to auDA for 14 years. He is now a supplier to AusRegistry proving online media monitoring services and contributing to the Behind the Dot magazine.
I haven’t always agreed with David on some of the issues he has championed in the past (like direct registrations), and we’ve had some “spirited” discussions. Despite that, I do believe him to be a person of absolute integrity.
We are in total sync with regards the current lack of communication and transparency at auDA – and are both great believers in proper processes and procedures being followed (regardless of whether the ultimate outcome suits our personal interests).
Ned O’Meara 27th July 2017