The call for a special general meeting of the Internet Society (ISOCNZ) has failed. The SGM was to address questions raised about Domainz, the ISOCNZ wholly-owned company that manages the .nz domain name space, funding a law suit brought by its former CEO against one of the Society members.
“Emails were sent to the addresses listed in the ISOCNZ records for the remaining members asking them to respond urgently. Of these: two emails bounced; one reply indicated the member did not support the call for an SGM,” says Society secretary, Frank March.
He says with these three names removed from the list the number of votes in favour of calling an SGM fell below the 20 needed. March says there is nothing to stop the petition organiser calling for more names, however SGM’s are held a minimum of three weeks after they are called and that would put the SGM after the date set for the hearing into the suit. The problem with the numbers seems to have been exacerbated by the Easter holiday period.
“It’s partly my fault — I received an email from Sue [Leader, executive director of the society] that I didn’t read properly as I was winding up my own work for the Easter break,” says John Russell, who first called for an SGM. He believed he had until after the Easter break to get the names together, however the Society gave him only until 5pm on Thursday to gather the numbers.
“I felt and still feel that was perhaps a little harsh especially when you consider I’ve got an awful lot of emails from people since who didn’t see the call for support until after Easter because they were away.” Russell says he’s had more than enough emails of support to launch an SGM but it’s too late.
“I think it’s a closed issue now.”
Russell is also concerned about the vetting process — in particular when the Society decided it would rule out anyone whose registered email address was no longer valid, even if they were still Society members.
“That is interesting, isn’t it, because I didn’t realise they would do it that way myself.” Marsh says it is for Society members to ensure their contact details are up to date.
"The bounced messages were to names of current members. The fact that the emails bounced was reported to John Russell and it was left to him to sort out. It is for members to ensure that contact details held by the office
Russell does have high hopes of a resolution being reached before the case goes to court.