I’m going to be writing a few articles about the auDA AGM over the next few days, but as a first up, I just wanted to say that, in my opinion, the future of the .au domain space is bright. I come to this view after a great AGM yesterday. The difference between previous years and this year was literally chalk and cheese. Questions on everything were allowed and encouraged. No one was shut down. Answers were given – and there was little “ducking and diving”. There was only one unsavoury incident after the election of Directors, and I will be devoting a separate article to that.
There are many members like me that will always hold auDA to account – without fear or favour. But I also think it’s important to acknowledge the good stuff that is happening. So today I just wanted to emphasise as what I see are the positives in the year ahead:
- A Chairman and CEO who have heard loud and clear that communication (and transparency) with members is paramount. I think we will see some significant changes in this regard.
- The CEO is committed to ensuring that before any possible introduction of direct registrations, a full business case study will be undertaken. (The CEO said he was meeting with Deloitte yesterday afternoon).
- Before the upcoming registry contract is put out to tender, the issue of direct registrations (and any implementation thereof) would need to have been sorted out.
- They Board are fully cognisant that there needs to be confidence in the marketplace; and I expect to see several announcements in this regard in the near future.
- As a holder of over 6000 com.au domains, I am genuinely excited about the future – and intend to put my hand up at every opportunity to have input into the how, why and when.
More to follow.
Ned O’Meara – 29th November 2016