Why I am standing for the auDA board

As announced, I will be standing for re-election to the auDA board.

In brief, my pitch to auDA members is:

Domain names are essential parts of the Internet’s functionality.  Australian domain names provide the platform for Australia’s online economy; now worth 3.6% of Australian GDP.  Josh Rowe is a current director of auDA seeking re-election.  Josh has over 19 years experience with the Internet.  Josh is an active participant in the debate of Australian and global domain name governance, engaged through a variety of online and offline forums.  Josh participated in the 2010 Names Policy Review Panel. Josh is a staunch consumer advocate and has completed research on the usability of domain names; www.domainusability.com

I am contactable directly via email josh@email.nu and also more than happy meet in person to discuss my views (I work in the Melbourne CBD).

 

If you’re an auDA Demand Class member and wish to vote for me, here’s how to do so:

1. Vote by Fax or Post using a Proxy

For Demand Class Members who cannot attend the meeting but still wish to vote for me, a Proxy Form (PDF) with instructions is available. If you have any trouble accessing the proxy form, please email jacki.osullivan@auda.org.au.

To appoint me as your proxy my details are Josh Rowe, c/o auDA, 114 Cardigan Street, Carlton VIC 3053.

I recommend voting “For” all these motions:

  • Approve the minutes of the 2010 AGM
  • Accept the 2010-2011 audited accounts
  • Special resolutions to amend the Constitution
    • Introduction of “Life Member” class of members
    • Streamlining removal of members for non-payment
    • Housekeeping and clarifying amendments

Tick “For” next to my name (Joshua Rowe) in the Demand Class voting section.

Proxy forms must be received by 5pm AEDST on Thursday 13 October 2011. Late proxy forms will not be accepted.

Forms should be sent by post OR fax to:
auDA Company Secretary
c/- Robert Gregory, Maddocks Lawyers

Postal Address: 140 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

OR

Fax Number: 03 9288 0666

2. Vote in person at the auDA AGM

Date: Monday 17 October 2011
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Maddocks, 140 William Street, Melbourne

 

My extended candidate statement is below.

For those not familiar with the domain name industry structure, here are the key players in the domain name industry supply chain:

End User – A person who uses domain names to access web sites, email addresses and other Internet resources.  For example; I use web sites; http://www.bom.gov.au,  http://www.facebook.com, http://www.volvoclub.co.uk, and use email addresses;  josh@email.nu, letters@theage.com.au.

Registrant – An organisation or entity that licences the use of a domain name.  For example; Westpac Banking Corporation is the registrant for the  westpac.com.au domain name.    Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation is the registrant for the irctc.co.in domain name.

Specialist – Intellectual property lawyers, marketers, web developers, etc.  For example; Phil Argy is a WIPO Panellist who arbitrates .au domain name licence disputes.  Next Digital develops web sites. Freestyle Media provide online marketing services.

Reseller – Retail domain names to registrants based on any domain name policies in place.  Resellers sell on behalf of registrars.  For example; SnapSite resells domain name licences on behalf of domain name registrar Planet Domain.  NameCheap resells domain name licences on behalf of domain name registrar eNom.

Registrar – Retail domain names to registrants based on any domain name policies in place. For example; Melbourne IT sells domain name licences for .com.au, net.au, org.au, asn.au, and id.au.  GoDaddy sells domain name licences for .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info.

Registry – Assign and maintain a database of domain names on the Internet. For example; AusRegistry is the domain name registry for com.au, net.au, id.au, asn.au, org.au, gov.au and edu.au.   VeriSign is the domain name registry for .com and .net.

Regulator – Set policy and administrate domain name space. For example; ICANN is the domain name regulator for the  ‘root’ domain name space.  auDA is the domain name regulator for the .au domain name space.

 

I am standing for re-election to .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), which is the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the Australian .au domain name space.

auDA performs the following functions:

  • develop and implement domain name policy
  • license second level domain registry operators
  • accredit and license registrars
  • implement consumer safeguards
  • facilitate .au Dispute Resolution Policy
  • represent .au at ICANN and other international fora.

Domain names are essential parts of the Internet’s functionality and must be managed as a critical piece of Internet infrastructure for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Domain names are the user interface that allows consumer to transact online.  Australian domain names provide the platform for Australia’s online economy; now worth 3.6% of Australian GDP.

I have over 19 years experience with the Internet and deriving commercial benefits from its use.  In my working career, I have delivered a road range of achievements across business and technology roles, from detailed analysis through to strategic development.  My corporate work experience includes 10+ years successfully operating in leadership roles within a blue chip organisation.  I am a director of key Internet industry bodies and have obtained a postgraduate qualification in eBusiness and undergraduate qualification in Computer Science.

I’m an active participant in the debate of Australian and global domain name governance, engaged through a variety of online and offline forums.  My original passion for domain names came through absolute frustration with the restrictive .au domain name policy in 1999.  I joined the very first .au domain name policy review panel and was part of the sweeping domain name policy changes that allowed much more flexible registration of .au domain names.

I am a staunch consumer advocate.  In the past, rogue domain name operators used deceptive techniques to lure un-expecting domain name registrants to register domain names they probably didn’t really need.  At my own personal risk, I took on these rogue operators to expose their behaviour. Together with legal action undertaken by local and international domain name regulators the end result was that this behaviour has all but ceased and no longer causes Australian businesses to waste their time and money.

I have completed research on the usability of domain names; www.domainusability.com.  The domain name system is not perfect for end users, so I wrote a 35k word thesis about it and then presented it to policy makers from around the globe at an international conference on domain names.  There’s an 18 page PowerPoint version of my thesis too if you can’t stomach 35k words.

Some of auDA’s achievements during my last term as an auDA Demand Class director include:

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