[DNS] Restricting demand membership of auDA

[DNS] Restricting demand membership of auDA

From: Chris Disspain <ceo§auda.org.au>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:20:41 +1000 (EST)

You make reference below to CIRA's membership rules (CIRA has only 1 class 
of member as far as I know). I think it is important not to confuse 
MEMBERSHIP with the right to be elected a Director. Our proposed change does 
not prevent supply related people from becoming members but does prevent a 
supply related person from being elected as a Director in demand class. It 
is also important to note that to be elected a Director you do NOT have to 
be a member.


Chris Disspain
CEO - auDA
Australia's Domain Name Administrator

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: dns-bounces+ceo=auda.org.au&#167;dotau.org 
> [mailto:dns-bounces+ceo=auda.org.au&#167;dotau.org] On Behalf Of
> Kim Davies
> Sent: Thursday, 19 July 2007 04:46
> To: dns&#167;dotau.org
> Subject: [DNS] Restricting demand membership of auDA
> auDA has given notice of an Extraordinary Meeting on August 13 to
> consider constitutional amendments to forbid a "supply related person"
> from being elected a director of demand class; and preventing multiple
> divisions within the same corporate group from having multiple
> memberships.
> Presumably this is a measure to try and guard against the possibility
> of unfairly unbalancing auDA's board by stacking it full of supply-side
> representatives, however is the mechanism the right one? It seems to
> disenfranchise legitimate community members who may be indirectly
> connected with the domain name retailing business from participating as
> users.
> To take a personal example, when I started participating in auDA --
> which I did out of personal interest -- my employer at the time was
> an ISP where I worked in systems development. In this role I didn't
> touch domain retailing services (back then as a reseller of M-IT) for
> customers. Today under these rules presumably I would be banned from
> being on the auDA Board. Is that fair or appropriate?
> If you look at other kinds of organisations it is possible to serve in a
> personal capacity, as well as have an organisation participate also.
> Taking ISOC-AU as an example, I'd imagine a number of employees of their
> corporate members are members in their own right.
> Perhaps we need to reconsider different models of demand membership
> of auDA if the risk of capture is that great. I don't know what the
> current update of demand membership is like, but it might benefit from
> some elements of the new CIRA model (see
> http://www.cira.ca/en/membership/about.html) where any domain holder
> can have free annual enrollment as a member.
> kim
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Received on Wed Jul 18 2007 - 23:20:41 UTC

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