My career and passion doesn’t exist without the Internet.
My day job is delivering new online products and services for corporates and startups. realAs – a real estate industry startup – is my latest commercial venture.
My other experience includes helping businesses like Australia Post, Tarazz and Medibank deliver products and services using the Internet, for 20+ years.
The .au domain name space faces threats:
- Competition: different ways to navigate the Internet (e.g. search engines, new top level domains, apps, social media)
- Growth: flat
Does .au policy need to evolve to meet the needs of all .au stakeholders?
Discuss in the comments section below:
Questions & Answers
Question: “You’ve been on the board for the past 14 years, so you’re not quite an outsider looking to be newly elected. What will another term on the Board enable you to do? How does that compare to bringing in new voices into the organisation?”
JR: “To have auDA members re-elect me for 7 terms is humbling and I’ve never taken that for granted.
I have played an active role in delivering significant change during those years including: domain name policy, competition model, domain slamming, and domain monetisation.
The reason I’m standing again is to seek the opportunity to continue to be an energetic and entrepreneurial contributor to the .au domain name space.
One of the key issues which the next auDA board must consider is whether or not to open up .au for direct registrations. This will require a good understanding of policy, stakeholders and how the digital economy is evolving. I believe I tick these three boxes.
That’s not to say new blood on the board is not important, the current board does have a cross section of directors with a good balance of experience and tenure.
I am very passionate about seeing .au succeed locally and globally.
I expect this to be a hotly contested election in demand class – which is a good thing in itself.”