The Internet industry was abuzz with the shock news that Domainz CEO Patrick O'Brien had resigned this morning - but it was another Irishman altogether.
A flurry of phone calls and emails was prompted by an email to the Isocnz mailing list saying only 'Domain name chief with an Irish name resigns. O'Brien himself responded to the original mail saying it was correct and that information was available on the Domainz Website.
But the Irishman in question has proved to be Joseph O'Reilly, chief executive of the Australian domain name authority auDA on February 28.
One of the industry figures who has demanded O'Brien's resignation, 2Day Internet managing director Peter Mott, described the wheeze as "a cruel joke indeed".
O'Brien will meet the council of Domainz' owner, Isocnz, tomorrow and is expected to come under pressure over the two issues that have dogged him in recent weeks: his controversial defamation suit against Isocnz member Alan Brown, of Manawatu Internet; and the new Domainz registry system he had shepherded through as a replacement for the existing system, which uses a registry database at Waikato University. All the country's major ISPs have expressed concern at commercial and technical aspects of the new system.
A story on the background to the Australian resignation is available at: