The Internet Society will hold its annual general meeting tomorrow and will for the first time include full online participation from members unable to attend the Wellington meeting.
Voters will be able to see and hear the meeting via RealPlayer 8 on the ISOCNZ website - registered members will also be able to vote on motions put to the AGM and can make comments to the meeting by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s the culmination of three years’ moves in this direction - we’ve had audio feeds and some online voting capability but this really brings it all together,” says ISOCNZ executive director Sue Leader.
While anyone can watch the AGM here only registered members will be able to vote - they will need a password and user name from ISOCNZ for security reasons.
ISOCNZ has been working closely with Wellington developer Catalyst IT to put together the software for the meeting.
“It’s adapted from their surveying software which we will be making a lot more use of in future.” Leader hopes to be able to survey members on any number of topics, something she says she’s been “itching to do for years”.
The AGM will look at constitutional issues for the society - including the direct election of officers by members rather than by council as it currently does. If that is passed, Leader says it will come into effect next year, however she has plans to poll members directly following the election to see which councillors should be in which seat.
“It’s an interesting process because we have a latency of three minutes built in on each vote and that means the people actually at the meeting have to learn a new way of doing things while they wait for the votes to come in.”
Leader says in future she can see all members voting electronically whether they are at the meeting in person or not because the system automatically tallies up the votes - something that takes quite a while by hand.