Topic: .UK under threat?
There's been a revolt coming against the current Nominet board and voting for Nominet members is closing in 3 days. In an attempt to sway the vote, the board now has made some concessions.
The main complaints of the campaign that the current board has (from 2016-2020):
* Reduced public benefit donations 65% (from £5.4M to £1.9M)
* Reduced operating profit 38% (from £8M to £5M)
* Increased Top 3 Director pay 70% (from £1M to £1.7M)
* Ignored members' concerns and input
* Tried to silence critics, the press and members
A summary of what happened so far:
https://www.theregister.com/2021/02/11/ … ard_offer/
Nominet vows to freeze wages and prices, boost donations, and be more open. For many members, it’s too little, too late
The board of .uk registry operator Nominet has offered a series of concessions to its members in an effort to win back their support in advance of an extraordinary meeting that could see most of them fired.
The campaign website collecting signatures: https://publicbenefit.uk/
The response from the board:
Business Continuity Under Threat
The advocates of the EGM resolution argue that both firing the leadership and reducing the price of domains will not have any serious impact on the organisation. But cutting prices will ultimately lead to sustained under-investment in the registry. Coupled with another demand of the campaigners to disband our DNS cyber capabilities it would wind the clock back 10 years and completely ignore how complex and challenging the internet has become in the intervening decade. Figure 1 below shows the rising complexity of managing the .UK domain namespace given the number of DNS queries and security risks.
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