On Monday 27th November at the Annual General Meeting in Melbourne, auDA (Australian Domain Administration) directors will be elected to replace those who are retiring.
I don't know about you, but I feel this is a very vital time to ensure we have the right board members in place at our Australian domain name governing body as we head into 2018.
In case you've been living under a rock, here are some of the key discussions that are surrounding this upcoming election:
To view a list of the candidates, please visit the official auDA website.
I have personally endorsed Ian Halson because I believe he will make a great Demand Class Director heading into 2018. I am strongly advising my clients to vote for him. Apart from everything else he stands for, most notably he continues to question the implementation of Direct .au Registrations, agrees that .au should remain a "closed" trusted namespace and will attempt to achieve cheaper renewal rates for domain names.
Ian has been vocal and involved in the Australian domain name space (including auDA membership since 2005) for over a decade and has owned many premium domain names along the way. I believe he understands the value of Australian domain names and where that value is heading into the future. I believe Ian will choose what's right not only for the Australian domain name industry, but for future Australian businesses who will be requiring one of our trusted Australian domains in the future.
You need to be an active auDA Member to cast your vote. You can check if you are on the current membership list.
If you want to make your own mind up about who to vote for and attend the meeting, that's great. I hope to see you there and I'd love to meet any of you in person!
If you can't attend the meeting but would like to offer your vote as a PROXY VOTE for someone to vote on your behalf, I recommend you give your proxy voting power to Ian Halson. To do this, all you have to do is click on this PROXY VOTE link, print it out, sign your name, and leave the rest for Ian to fill out on your behalf. As previously mentioned, everything Ian stands for can be viewed here.
I can't stress again, that I believe this is a vital moment in the fork-in-the-road future of auDA and the Australian domain name space. I feel it is not only very important to vote for the right people to become directors, but also for certain candidates not to become directors.
One last thing. I know we can all become super-busy and forget about spending the two-minutes required to complete this task, so if you are planning on filling out Ian's PROXY FORM, I would suggest you do it right this minute so you don't forget to have your say.