The writing's on the wall

As I write this the writing seems to be firmly on the wall for the current Internet Society (Isocnz) hierarchy.

As I write this the writing seems to be firmly on the wall for the current Internet Society (Isocnz) hierarchy.

The more I read the more I think it's time for some new blood. Or more accurately a new generation of the old blood - people who give a damn about the Internet, New Zealand's position in it and the potential the future will bring, whether we're ready or not.

I wholeheartedly agree with former councillor David Farrar's statement that the society should be as prevalent in New Zealand society as the Automobile Association or the Consumers' Institute, instead of its current role, which seems to consist of hiding under the bedclothes ignoring its membership.

The latest efforts on the part of Domainz - the company charged with running the register of New Zealand domain names - has convinced me that the fault lies with firmly with the society allowing Domainz to get away with murder.

Domainz has introduced a new system for running the register, a much-needed move. That the system appears to be riddled with bugs of a fairly major order is not the point. That Domainz didn't fully test the system before launch isn't really the point either.

Rather Domainz seems to be ignoring its customers while maintaining its own monopoly position and now New Zealand's reputation in the Internet industry is at risk. That Isocnz is allowing this to happen is unacceptable.

The final straw really has been, for me, the treatment of the working group put together to look at the Domainz system and report back to the Society. Before the report was even presented Domainz began its campaign of counter-information.

The report has been sent back to have its wording changed so it no longer makes recommendations, which were largely pushing for Domainz to lose its monopoly control. Domainz paid for a report from one of the Big Five accountants which slams the working group's report.

The group, made up of volunteers who donated their time and experience, should be applauded for their efforts, turning in a much classier report in a very short space of time. Isocnz councillors should be hiding their faces in shame for allowing this to happen. By the time you read this, I hope it's a record of the previous regime rather than an attack on the current one.

Paul Brislen is a Computerworld journalist. Send email to Paul Brislen. Letters for publication should be sent to Computerworld Letters.

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