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ACS members join to fight bid against corporatisation

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A number of senior members of the Australian Computer Society have banded together to oppose what they say is a bid by the organisation's executive to corporatise the association.

Longstanding ACS Fellow and former director, Roger Clarke, said in a statement that the organisation was not just any not-for-profit, but rather Australia's main IT professional society.

He claimed that the ACS would aim to pass a new constitution at a general body meeting on 25 October in Sydney which, if adopted, would:

  • centralise all power in the board;
  • extinguish all meaningful member involvement;
  • replace member-driven branches with subservient divisions; and
  • enable continuity of power by a clique.

Clarke said he was attempting to garner support from senior ACS members to defeat the resolution.

"The capacity of members to participate in the Society's governance has been progressively whittled away over several decades," he said.

"This is intended by the ACS executive as the coup de grace. It would complete the conversion of an association whose focus was on professional quality and ethical behaviour, into a combination of industry association and marketing corporation."

He claimed the ACS executive had abused its power and railroaded existing Branch Committees into "supporting the unsupportable".

"It then brazenly argued in favour of its own motion, failed to provide appropriate information on the arguments against the motion and prevented arguments against the motion from being communicated to members."

Clarke has detailed the effects the proposed resolution would have on the ACS and also provided guidance on how members could prevent this from going ahead.

"We're accordingly encouraging members to use email and social media to communicate the message and the above URLs to their colleagues, and thereby stimulate the submission of proxy-votes against the motion," he added.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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