These are changes that if ultimately implemented could have financial consequences for many tens of thousands of people and small businesses. There are probably a number of bigger corporates that also have no clue of what could be in the offing.
Sure there have been various blog articles published on a number of “trade” sites. Some registrars have done newsletters. A couple of radio interviews were done discussing the subject. A few forums are debating it.
But that doesn’t “cut the mustard” in my humble opinion. And I’ve told my fellow Names Panel members that – as well as Jo Lim from auDA. I suggested that every single registrant should be emailed by the auDA. They have the database – it is easy enough for them to do.
The response was that they don’t want to be accused of spamming. I couldn’t believe this – and still can’t.
How’s This For An Analogy?
I live in Townsville, and our prestige suburb is North Ward / Castle Hill. There are some beautiful homes there – many with great views across Queens Gardens (a 4 hectare Botanic Garden).
What would happen if the Townsville City Council and a cartel of property developers got together and decided it would be a “great idea” to double the number of inner city dwellings. And the best way to do this would be to create a high-rise precinct of apartments on the site currently occupied by Queens Gardens. (Obviously they had convinced themselves there would be great demand; and money to be made). 😉
For a start, they would have to publicly notify such a major proposal. Newspaper ads etc. Probably a big PR campaign on television and radio.
Most importantly though, they would be required to write to every affected owner or resident telling them what was planned; and setting out how people could comment or object.
What would probably follow would be screams of protest by many people; demands for the Council to be sacked by the State Local Government Minister; town planning appeals; Supreme Court appeals; class actions for compensation.
I know I’m sounding a bit dramatic, but I’m sure you get my drift.
What Should Happen Now
I believe it is incumbent on the auDA to send an email to every single registrant of a domain name in Australia. They are a potentially affected party; and deserve to know what is being proposed; and to have a say.
This way the “supposed vested interest opinions” of domainers; domain investors; the Registry; Registrars and Re-Sellers could then be deemed to be balanced by the opinions from the public.
This way a fair, proper and reasoned decision could be arrived at. That’s called “due process”.
What do others think?
- I am a member of the auDA 2015 Names Policy Panel.
- I am also a domainer / domain investor with a substantial portfolio of com.au domain names.
- I therefore have a “vested interest”.