The battle for “hearts and minds” intensifies within auDA.
First there is a group of auDA members calling for another SGM; and now the majority of the auDA Board (and senior management) have pulled out the political playbook. It really is déjà vu of last year, and most people know how that ended.
There’s got to be a morning after …
The point of my article today is that somehow all sides of the argument have to find a way to make a better auDA (for the benefit of the whole Australian internet community). If they don’t, then someone else will make the decision for them – and that’s when there may be “winners and losers”.
So I have a two-part suggestion (it’s both “creative” and “logical”):
- auDA should invite a cross section of the internet community to an “ideas summit”. I’m not talking about a little group of 5 or 6 – I’m talking 30 plus.
Sure it will cost money – but I think it will be a far better investment than spending truckloads of money on continuous legal and consultant fees. Get a few registrars (not just the big ones either); some resellers; some domain investors; academics; lawyers; SME’s and big business; non-profits; web designers; SEO specialists – anybody who utilises the internet. Who knows what will flow from this – but at least there will be communication, debate and a sharing of ideas – all targeted towards a more inclusive .au regulator.
auDA’s Constitution (in its OBJECTS) says in part:
3.2.b – establishing mechanisms to ensure it is responsive and accountable to the supply and demand sides of the Australian Internet Community;
3.2.f – adopting open and transparent procedures which are inclusive of all parties having an interest in use of the domain name system in Australia;
2. auDA should then take a leaf out of Nominet’s playbook, and form a Stakeholder Committee.
This does not supplant the auDA Board – it supplements and advises them. Have a look at the quality and diversity of their Committee Members. A friend of mine is one of the members, and he says this was a much needed initiative from Nominet.
The problem that the auDA Board has at the moment is that it is not truly representative – e.g. there is not one Registrar at the table.
What do you think?
Ned O’Meara – 13th April 2018