Gray leaves InternetNZ committee

InternetNZ councillor and Domainz director Bob Gray has resigned from the implementation oversight committee for IntenetNZ's new shared registry system.

InternetNZ councillor and Domainz director Bob Gray has resigned from the implementation oversight committee for IntenetNZ’s new shared registry system.

Gray cited crucial differences between the direction he has favoured for the governance of the shared registry system (SRS) and the direction that InternetNZ’s ruling council took at a meeting early this month as reasons behind his resignation.

A decision was taken to set up a new company to run the registry, rather than split the existing Domainz into two to run the registrar aspect (taking requests for domain names) and the registry (managing the system that maintains the domain name records). The registry would serve both Domainz’s own registrar function and other registrars, such as ISPs.

The latter is the option Gray favours. Setting up a new company while Domainz continues to run the old-style registry - on a temporary basis pending the implementation of the new computer system - would result in a spreading of skills and experience too thinly. Also there could be communication difficulties in the transition period between the two registry bodies, he says. This will increase complexity and probably raise costs associated with the SRS, he says.

The council vote went against Gray’s preferred course by nine votes to eight. He considers that it was inappropriate for him to continue on the implementation committee when he disagreed with the ideas being implemented.

Gray remains on the InternetNZ council and the Domainz board. He emphasises that he has no quarrel with the technical implementation of the shared registry system, which he says is proceeding well.

InternetNZ secretary David Farrar, in a note to members, thanks Gray for his work on the SRS, which he says Gray redeemed from a “frozen” state and has taken to the stage of issuing an RFP.

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