Disclaimer: As well as being an auDA Member, I am now an auDA Demand Class Director. The article below is my personal opinion, and does not purport to be the views of auDA.
Panels, working groups and advisory committees have been the lifeblood of auDA for as long as I have known. The purpose of these is to look at potential changes to the .au space. Public and member consultations are an integral part of the process. Recommendations are then made to the auDA Board for their ultimate decision.
One such committee was the recently formed Constitutional Review Committee. Members were advised of this in a newsletter dated 15th November. This was the brainchild of Erhan Karabardak (current auDA Supply Class Director). On the face of it, this was a fantastic initiative – and something that was long overdue.
What Happened Next
Yesterday, David Goldstein published an article on DomainPulse advising that the CRC has virtually been decimated – yet until yesterday, auDA members were none the wiser. In fact, there is still no official announcement.
Scott Long is / was Chair of the CRC, and he is a friend of mine (as are several other members). According to the DomainPulse article, Scott resigned his position (in December) in protest over a number of matters.
In particular, Scott was upset that auDA did not have the courtesy to even consult with the CRC (or him as Chair) prior to making their submission to the Government review into the management of the .au domain space. As a long standing member – and as a newly minted Director – I have to agree with him on this.
Lessons For auDA
As I wrote a few days ago, everything begins with “communication and transparency”. auDA is a membership organisation, and all members deserve better communication and transparency than they have received over the past 18 months.
This CRC situation is another classic case where this has not been observed.
I will do my best as an auDA Director to try to encourage auDA to improve this deficiency. After all, this is in the “interests of the entity” and the “collective interests of the members”. We’re all supposed to be on the same side.
Ned O’Meara – 5th January 2018