Isocnz "coup" organiser refuses active role

The former councillor who organised the Internet Society "coup" didn't stand for election and now has no active role on the council.

The former councillor who organised the Internet Society (Isocnz) “coup” didn’t stand for election and now has no active role on the council.

“I thought it would be better for me, having been one of the lead organisers, not to stand myself,” says David Farrar, who remains a society member. Farrar was keen to avoid any sign of impropriety on the part of the “coup” members who managed to gain nine seats on the council.

“They already tried to paint it as an industry take-over,” says Farrar, referring to the old guard at ISOCNZ.

Under the Isocnz constitution the council is supposed to be the “principle representative of the industry”, says Farrar who finds it amusing that outgoing councillors would refer to the new councillors in such a way.

“It’s like parliament complaining that the voters have dominated proceedings.”

Farrar doesn’t dismiss those councillors left from the previous regime — even commending current chair Peter Dengate Thrush for his role on the international committee.

“Peter has a huge amount of ability and everyone I’ve spoken to says the work he’s done on the international stage is outstanding.”

The council now has 30 days to elect a chair — and Farrar understands Roger De Salis plans to put his name forward for the position as well. De Salis, according to his biography on the Isocnz site, wants to see Domainz develop a “strong technical focus” something he believes it lacks.

Farrar does hope the new council will quickly move to become more open in its communication policy, something the AGM voted for strongly.

“The best thing Muldoon ever did in his government was introduce the Official Information Act.”

Farrar says the mindset of government was forced from its old standard of “it will remain confidential unless we decide to publish it” to “it will be public unless there is a good reason to keep it secret” and that is what he hopes to see happen with Isocnz.

“There certainly will be the odd issue which would be inappropriate to discuss openly, confidential information from firms tendering for something, that kind of thing.”

Farrar hopes these will be the rare exception to an otherwise open system.

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