A group of disgruntled members are calling for mutiny in auDA, the body responsible for administering Australia\u2019s top-level domain.\n \nJosh Rowe, Paul Szyndler and Jim Stewart are calling for a vote of no confidence in auDA CEO Cameron Boardman, and the removal of three directors: Chris Leptos, Sandra Hook and Suzanne Ewart.\nThe trio is petitioning members to demand a Special General Meeting for the resolutions to be raised.\n \nTheir dissatisfaction is focused on auDA\u2019s handling of a major proposed shake-up which would allow registration of .au domains, without the need of .com before it.\n \nThe rebel group argues that registrants have not been contacted about the change, have not been shown any business case for it, and that the independent self-regulatory body is plagued by poor governance.\n \n\u201cSome people are for direct .au domain name registration, and some are against,\u201d the trio writes on petition site grumpier.com.au. \u201cThen there are the multitudes of registrants that wouldn\u2019t even know it is on the horizon, because auDA hasn\u2019t directly told them of the possibility; and how and why it would work if it was implemented.\u201d\n \nThe trio also wants to know the truth about an independent review of expense management undertaken last year.In late July last year, auDA held a special general meeting, with the board telling members that \u201chigh levels of expenditure on international travel and reimbursement arrangements with international bodies that lacked transparency\u201d.\n \nThe lack of clarity about the report\u2019s findings has given rise to a \u201cwhispering campaign\u201d with ongoing rumours about \u201cfinancial mismanagement\u201d, the group say.\n \nThe trio also imply bias within auDA\u2019s leadership ranks, asking \u201cHave friends or previous colleagues of the CEO been appointed to plum positions within the organisation?\u201d\n \n\u201cWithout seeking to interfere with the day to day management of auDA, we, the members, want to be recognised as an integral part of the organisation; and our membership viewpoints treated with respect,\u201d the trio write.\n\u201cMembers of auDA should also have a right to be informed about basic decision-making processes of their board of directors, and the CEO\/senior management.\u201d\nFor the general meeting to be held, the 'grumpier' group must gain the support of five per cent of the auDA\u2019s 319 members.\n \nIt won\u2019t be the first time member action has troubled auDA\u2019s leadership. In July last year auDA chairStuart Benjamin resigned ahead of a special general meeting of the organisation that would have considered a no-confidence motion in Benjamin.\n \nRunning a risk\n \nThe auDA published an issues paper in October last year, asking for submissions on a proposal to introduce a .au environment without the need for .com, .net or .edu extension on domain names, enabling domains like www.cio.au or www.arnnet.au to be registered.\n \nIn January the body issued a discussion paper outlining the proposed reforms.\n \nAlong with direct registration, other proposals outlined in the paper include allowing internationalised domain by permitting the use of non-ASCII characters, such as Arabic, Cyrillic, or Chinese language characters \u2013 in .au domains.\n \nOther proposed changes include strengthening public interest protections by restricting the use of certain domains in a bid to make it harder for scammers or cynical \u2018squatters\u2019 to take advantage of internet users.\n \nJim Stewart from the \u2018grumpier\u2019 trio said the implications of being able to directly register .au domains would create a SEO and security nightmare.\n \n\u201cMost people don\u2019t fully understand the implications. For instance, a competitor may secure your domain name without the dot com," he said."When the changes come into effect, any company can register say commbank.au or bhpcom.au causing confusion and cybersecurity issues. Ifa company was able to register their name.auand just switched it on that would be a disaster, you would lose all your Google search traffic.\n\u201cBy switching your current domain name \u2013 for example .com.au to .au\u2013 you\u2019re effectively creating a new website. This means you run the risk of disappearing from Google searches. Imagine if you were an Australian retailer, what would that do to your business?"\nConcerns have also been raised over thecost of .au domains.\nIt is a tumultuous time for the auDA, which has overseen the operation and management framework of the .au domain since 2000.\nIn October last year the Department of Communications and the Arts announced a review of the management of the .au domain \u201cto ensure its fit for purpose in Australia\u2019s modern digital landscape\u201d.\n \n\u201cThe framework that governs the .au domain was last reviewed 16 years ago and since that time the digital landscape has changed significantly. The review will examine whether Australia\u2019s top-level domain, .au, is being managed consistent with Government and community expectations,\u201d the review\u2019s terms of reference states.\n \nThe review had been expected to be finalised early this year.