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auDA Forensic Accounting "PPB Investigation and Report" release

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by DomainNames, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. snoopy

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    Extended to 19th Nov. Let's see if AUDA attempts to strategically delay it until after the AGM.
     
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    https://www.auda.org.au/about-auda/our-org/constitution/
    "3.2 Activities
    Without reducing the effect of clause 4, auDA will see to achieve its principal purposes as set out in clause 3.1 through:


    b. establishing mechanisms to ensure it is responsive and accountable to the supply and demand sides of the Australian Internet Community;

    f. adopting open and transparent procedures which are inclusive of all parties having an interest in use of the domain name system in Australia;

    g. ensuring its operations produce timely outputs which are relevant to the needs of the Australian Internet Community.
    (Amended by Special Resolution, 14 August 2006)"
     
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    Doesn't that link say that the time frame has been extended to the 19th November? Sorry the last 2 messages weren't showing when I just looked at this thread.
     
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    https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/au_historical_financial_irregula
    From: Carl English

    November 03, 2017

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    Our reference: RQ17/02088

    Agency reference: FOI 20-1718

    Mr Ron Andruff

    By email: [FOI #4091 email]

    Dear Mr Andruff

    Extension of time under s 15AB

    On 3 November 2017, the Department of Communications and the Arts (the
    Department) applied for further time to make a decision on your FOI
    request of 15 September 2017.

    This application was on the basis that the processing period is
    insufficient to deal adequately with your request, because it is complex.

    Decision

    I have decided to grant the Department an extension of time to process
    your request to 19 November 2017. This decision has been made under s
    15AB(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).

    By granting further time it is anticipated that the Department will
    provide a well-reasoned and better managed decision.

    Contact

    If you have any questions regarding this email please contact me on (02)
    9284 9745 or via email [email address]. Please quote OAIC
    reference number RQ17/02088 in all correspondence.

    Yours sincerely

    Carl English | Assistant Review and Investigation Officer | Freedom of
    Information Dispute Resolution
    Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
    GPO Box 5218 SYDNEY NSW 2001| [1]www.oaic.gov.au
    Phone: +61 2 9284 9745 | E-mail: [email address]
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    Update: The release of this information has been blocked.

    righttoknow.org now updated.
     
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  10. Scott.L

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    ...but they’ve come from sources who refuse to identify themselves or provide corroborating evidence. Despite efforts, I’ve been unable to independently verify these anonymous claims, which come amid turbulent times for auDA and its members, so I’ve chosen not to repeat them.

    interesting
     
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    https://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=26272
    auDA Using Bullying and Fear to Silence Critics
    Posted in: Domain Names at 12/04/2018 15:16

    In an inflammatory email Tuesday night, auDA Chair Chris Leptos sent out an email boasting of his achievements while including a threat to all former Board members that they may have been referred to the Victorian Police due to certain “practices”. The email follows less than a week on from auDA Members under Grumpier.com.au demanding a second Special General Meeting in 9 months to remove the Chair (again), the 2 other independent Directors and a vote of no-confidence in the CEO.

    In his email, a “150 Day Report”, to members Leptos wrote “in my first week as Independent Chair I was briefed on a number of practices of several former auDA Directors. Your Board concluded that those practices warranted referral to the Victoria Police. As you would appreciate, it is not appropriate at this stage to provide further details regarding this matter.” As I’m a “former auDA Director”, albeit for only 2 years, as is one of the trio behind grumpier.com.au (Josh Rowe, but for 14 years), one has to wonder whether this is being used to intimidate and silence critics. It is understood that the “investigation” has seen auDA gunning for not only former Directors but also former senior management.

    The announcement is inflammatory and comes at a time when the organisation is fighting fires on several fronts, including the Grumpier.com.au campaign. The language and tone used reflect an organisation and its key personnel under fire. It’s also interesting that as the Chair of the Board Leptos has sought to take responsibility for the achievements listed in the email, rather than the Board or organisation doing so. Mentioning the widely rumoured investigation that auDA has been driving to discredit previous staff, and now it seems former Directors, at such a time, and that it has been referred to Victorian Police, is widely viewed as inflammatory. Further, Leptos has known about the investigation into former auDA staff and Directors since he was appointed in October, so why has he chosen to go public with it now?

    One person auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, has been gunning for, for reasons unknown but perhaps linked to the Victorian Police referral, is former CEO and now ICANN Vice Chair Chris Disspain. Domain Pulse has heard from several sources the current CEO Cameron Boardman has been seen engaged in long conversations with Ron Andruff, who also allegedly appears to have a vendetta against Disspain (Right to Know), in the corridors of recent ICANN meetings. It can only be speculated what may have been discussed, and Domain Pulse welcomes both Boardman and Andruff to set the record straight to end the whispers floating ‘in the ether’.

    Domain Pulse also understands Boardman has made allegations about Disspain to other ccTLD (country code top level domain) managers at the ICANN Copenhagen meeting in March 2017. Sources have told Domain Pulse Boardman has made these allegations to discredit the CEO, but his attempts have fallen on deaf ears due to the lack of any substantiation of these claims.

    Now with their feet facing the fire and an upcoming SGM to vote on removing the Chair and independent Directors, one can wonder if it’s a coincidence that former Directors are now being brought into the firing line, particularly as one of the 3 SGM proponents is a past Director.

    Then there’s the Policy Review Panel, a panel formed with an inadequate number of members (6 plus the Chair John Swinson). On 9 April it was announced Demand Class representative Luke Summers had resigned from the panel leaving only 3 representatives. In his resignation letter, Summers wrote he no longer has “confidence that the Panel can proceed in a manner that is in the best interests of the Australian internet community”. Summer outlines his concerns regarding the “entirely inappropriate” size and composition of the Panel and the lack of business representation “exacerbated by the recent departure of Paul Zawa.”

    The number was boosted to 4 with the appointment of Nicola Seaton, a General Counsel and Company Secretary for Canstar, a leading finance comparison site, has been appointed as a Peak Business Body representative. One would have hoped auDA would have appointed someone with recent experience in domain names on such a policy formation committee. The PRP has been plagued by resignations, poor attendance and limited output. Quorums have been hard to come by.

    Registrars are equally non-plussed with auDA and Domain Pulse has been told a number had signed the Grumpier.com.au petition to call for the SGM. There’s been discontentment among registrars with the process under which Afilias won the registry tender due to a lack of consultation. It must be noted that while the process that led to the decision has come under fire, and disappointment that Neustar lost, registrars are not opposed to change.

    Some registrars have given Domain Pulse detailed information on their problems with auDA, but none are prepared to go on the record, not even to be quoted off-the-record. Registrars fear, as one registrar said, ‘we’re in a small pond and there are so few [auDA-accredited] registrars that it would be easy enough for auDA to work out who said what.’

    And now with the dissatisfaction, auDA members are gunning for another Special General Meeting. The Grumpier.com.au team gained enough support (5% of members) for the proposed SGM within hours. The ball’s now in auDA’s court but they have 21 days to say whether they agree to the SGM. Going by Leptos’ email to Members the meeting will be happening. “I will be writing to you further in relation to this development once the logistics for the meeting have been confirmed,” Leptos wrote in his email overnight. Now it’s a matter of whether all resolutions will be able to be voted on.

    * Domain Pulse welcomes comments from auDA re any of the above issues. As per previous correspondence with auDA they have advised they “don’t usually reply to requests for blog stories” and have refused previous requests for comment.

    * Disclaimer: the writer was an auDA Board member (2005 to 2007), served on 3 auDA Names Policy Panels (2007, 2010 and 2015), was a supplier to auDA for 14 years and is now a supplier to Neustar providing online media monitoring services.

     
  12. Scott.L

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    was leptos involved in the PPB report prior to his appointment as the auDA Chair?
     
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