A few days ago, auDA sent out a newsletter to members calling for expressions of interest to join the soon to be established Policy Review Panel.
This is a great initiative – and I applaud auDA for it. To my mind, it will be the most important panel auDA has had. Why? Because these are the issues being considered:
♦ the development of an implementation policy for direct registration; and
♦ policy reform of existing auDA policies
The Panel is expected to commence work in September 2017 and is scheduled to sit for 12 months.
I foresee one major issue – 6 plus a Chair is not enough panel members for such an important task.
♦ Having served on many auDA panels, 6 + 1 will not be sufficient to get a truly representative view, or to cover all bases.
♦ People also get sick; or busy; or go on holiday. Particularly as the panel is going to sit for 12 months.
♦ Given that we are a membership organisation, just 1 supply and 1 demand member is also not sufficient for such an important task. The recommendations to be made will affect the businesses and livelihoods of all members – as well as the broader internet community and other stakeholders.
♦ 3 of each membership class would be much more representative – and a better balance overall. Plus, you then have cover for when unexpected situations arise.
♦ I believe that you should look at increasing this panel to 10 members plus the Chair. You’re not paying salaries or consultant’s fees – so cost is not an issue (except maybe some travel costs).
Conversely, two previous panels (Names Panel and Industry Advisory Panel) were over-populated with 23 and 22 members respectively!
10 + 1 seems just right to me (similar to the size of the auDA Board). 🙂
I emailed this suggestion to Erhan Karabardak (Deputy Chair) and Cameron Boardman (CEO) a couple of days ago. Erhan replied that “he tends to agree with me”, and would raise this with Cameron and the Panel Chair (John Swinson).
Given that just 12 days ago auDA said they would listen to members, I’m feeling hopeful. 🙂
Ned O’Meara – 11th August 2017