As I have written previously, it was a great disappointment to many members that auDA could not ensure that the webinar at the Special General Meeting (SGM) on 31st August was of a better standard. You’d think that the technology would have been tested first – and that there were more microphones and better sound quality. I hope auDA asked for a refund! In fact, this point was picked up in an excellent overall article about the SGM by Myriam Robin of the Australian Financial Review.
That being said, here are two audio clips that stood out for me. Apologies for sound quality.
The first is Brett Fenton making an excellent summation of the summation. “Buzzwords and fluff”. Plus some great questions. For those that don’t know Brett, he’s been in our industry since Adam was a boy. He is currently Chief Technology Officer at Melbourne IT Group. Not only is he knowledgeable, but he would have to be one of the “straightest shooters” I have ever met. So when he speaks, it’s worth listening to.
Have a listen to “the spin” by Erhan Karabardak.
The second clip is Adrian Kinderis. Most people know him as the boss of AusRegistry, however since Neustar acquired Bombora Technologies a couple of years ago, his official title these days is VP Corporate Development, Neustar, Inc.
Yes, he acknowledges he has a vested interest in the future of auDA, but as he quite rightly says, “it doesn’t mean my voice isn’t important”.
Adrian started the questions rolling at the SGM, but this particular segment was a bit further into the meeting. I replay it because Adrian nailed what type of organisation auDA should be.
More summations to follow – in particular, what is quickly becoming the “elephant in the room” – the process of selection and appointment of Dr Michaella Richards as a replacement “Demand Class Director” for Miguel Wood last year. No one – least of all me – is casting any doubts on her integrity and character. She would probably make an excellent “Independent Director”. However, members just want to know how and why she was appointed when she had little or no “Demand Class” experience?
What do you think about any of the above?
Ned O’Meara – 7th August 2017