Dengate Thrush ouster set to flop

Any call for Peter Dengate Thrush to be ousted as chairman of the Internet Society (ISOCNZ) will fall on deaf ears at the society's special general meeting scheduled for Friday.

Any call for Peter Dengate Thrush to be ousted as chairman of the Internet Society (ISOCNZ) will fall on deaf ears at the society's special general meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

According to the society's articles of association, officers can only be removed if two-thirds of the SGM agree and any resolution demanding the dismissal of a councillor has to be delivered in writing 21 days before the meeting to the councillor in question. That hasn’t happened as the call for Dengate Thrush’s replacement has come only a handful of days before the SGM.

However, Peter Mott, director of Auckland-based ISP 2Day, says the call is not for Dengate Thrush to be removed, but rather for him to resign.

“That requires an action on his part and is quite different to ordering his removal.”

Mott, acting as facilitator, asked the society's members-only list whether they supported or objected to the proposal.

“Seven members supported the statement and three preferred a vote at the AGM [to be held June 22].” Mott believes voting in closed sessions is not the way to “move forward” in the society.

“There’s an intense feeling of mistrust right across the board. The way to avoid that is to do things in the open. Consensus decision making is great because that way everybody’s got to be counted and be seen to be counted. You can’t vote against something without being known.”

Dengate Thrush is coming under pressure to either step down or be dismissed following claims made by former Domainz head Patrick O’Brien. O’Brien is the plaintiff in a defamation suit brought against society member Alan Brown.

Domainz is the ISOCNZ-owned company that manages the .nz name space. O’Brien claimed in court earlier this month that the idea to sue Brown came from Dengate Thrush and the issue is causing a storm of exchanges among society members, unhappy at the decision for Domainz to fund O'Brien's suit.

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