auDA’s recent shenanigans reminds me of “The Lighthouse Principle”. Seemingly too arrogant to change course until faced with near and certain disaster.
Yesterday, auDA Members received the April-May 2017 Member Newsletter. I’m giving you the online link to it, but obviously, given recent conduct, I can’t guarantee how long it will stay on the auDA website (or if it will remain unedited).
I’m presuming that Cameron Boardman (the CEO) was responsible for the content of the newsletter. He certainly would have signed off on it. So let me say this. The screeds of “stuff” written in an attempt to justify the decision to backtrack on your promises of transparency and communication are unbecoming of a true leader – in my humble opinion. In Far North Queensland, we call this type of conduct bullsh*t.
Let me again replay your words and promises made at the AGM (and those of the Chair, Stuart Benjamin).
♦ Are Members entitled to believe in their Board and their Executive – particularly when categorical statements are made at an AGM?
♦ Is politics so ingrained in your DNA that you can so easily make promises and then break them?
Refuting Your Argument
Following your newsletter, my email inbox is full of examples of corporate transparency from concerned Members. (In particular, big thanks to Scott!). Let me give you a goodie, because it is so relevant.
“The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions.”
auDA operates under the auspices of ICANN – have a read of this auDA article which sets out the original relationship.
ICANN is a squillion times bigger than auDA, and yet it has full transparency. Agendas, Minutes – you name it. And they even have audio recordings!
auDA keep digging themselves such an unnecessary hole. They need to compare themselves with their peer organisations when it comes to transparency and communication.
♦ Does ICANN have transparency? Yes.
♦ Does Nominet (UK) have transparency? Yes.
♦ Does DNC (New Zealand) have transparency? Yes.
Please Make It Right
auDA Members deserve better. Please change course before it’s too late.
At the very least, please restore all previous documents. auDA Directors who went before you, and engaged in a reasonable amount of transparency, deserve better. Don’t trash history.
Ned O’Meara – 4th May 2017