Thursday, 26 September 2019 06:11

Govt not fussed about allegations made against ex-CEO of auDA

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The Federal Government does not appear to be overly exercised about reports that Cameron Boardman, the former chief executive of auDA, the Australian domain name administrator, faces accusations of falsifying his academic record and then misleading an investigation into it, before he quit the organisation in July.

In response to a query from iTWire, a spokesperson for Communications, Cyber Safety and Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said auDA had an interim chief executive in place and remained focused "on performing its vital role of independently governing Australia's .au domain name framework".

The spokesperson added: "The government has set clear expectations for auDA. auDA has a process underway to reconstitute its board and appoint a new chief executive."

The allegations about Boardman were published in The Australian on Tuesday. They were said to have been made in a letter sent to Boardman by the former independent chair of auDA, Chris Leptos, who resigned from the post in June.

In the letter, Leptos alleged that Boardman had listed a master of laws degree from La Trobe University as part of his academic record.

auDA has gone through a number of ructions since April last year when one member, Jim Stewart, the chief executive of StewArt Media, led a call for Boardman to resign, along with Leptos, and directors Sandra Hook and Suzanne Ewart.

Following the departure of Leptos, Ewart is now functioning as the independent chair.

A review of auDA's functioning, released last year, found the organisation was not being run in a way that would suit the purpose for which it was set up.

The government accepted all 29 recommendations of the review which focus on reforming auDA’s management framework; supporting effective stakeholder engagement; outlining the role and expectations of the government; and fostering greater trust and confidence in the .au namespace.

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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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