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The 2016 auIGF is behind us and new directors announced to take us forward
20 October 2016
From Cameron Boardman

Thank you to those of you who attended the 2016 Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) last week in Melbourne or who followed via the live stream. It was another very successful year, with engaging discussions at the plenary level, as well as the more interactive format of the workshops.  We had over 200 delegates and 200 unique followers on the live stream, as well as countless social media comments, throughout the two-day event.

If you missed the news, opening the auIGF was auDA Chair Stuart Benjamin who announced two new Directors would be joining the auDA Board; former Lead Scientist for Victoria Leonie Walsh, and digital health expert Dr Michaella Richards. I’m  delighted to have both Leonie and Michaella join the board and I hope you will join us in welcoming them at the AGM in November. As auDA CEO, I talked about my plans to lead the organisation to be forward thinking with better processes, better communications, better relationships with our stakeholders and with Government.

Some of the highlights of the auIGF:

  • Cyber security plenary - moderated brilliantly by Rachael Falk - Alastair MacGibbon was quoted as saying "I think the Australian domain space is a much cleaner space than so many other parts of the world. I think it would be a crying shame to have that go. So, I would advocate whatever auDA can do to keep it as clean.” Rachael welcomed Prof. Paul Cornish from Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre – after I announced “an exciting alliance between auDA, between the Oceania Cyber Security Centre and between the Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. For us to become the first in the world to utilise the protocols and the foundations of our DNS security systems, as an alignment and an aspiration in Oxford’s global cyber security capacity model. This is where auDA will be heading - to generate these international partnerships, to look at where our models have international application, and to improve the security and stability of the platform that undoubtedly, is the corner stone of global economic activity.”
  • Getting girls into STEM plenary was a great opportunity to hear Leonie Walsh give her insights and learning from working at the centre of this subject matter. auDA will develop plans in the review of the organisation to assess, from this conversation and our understanding of the issues faced by girls/women in ICT, what we can contribute to move this from the auIGF into how we can support proactive steps to evolve the conversation.

Through these and other insights gathered from the auIGF, we have stronger relationships with some of our stakeholder groups, visibility in the digital landscape we work within and scope of Australia’s competitive, digital future.

As I announced at the auIGF, auDA must engage with its membership and stakeholders even more effectively. It is my intention to ensure that auDA meets its members and stakeholder expectations by improving upon its communication and service delivery, in a responsive and professional manner. I am therefore pleased to confirm that from Monday the 24th of October, auDA will commence an extensive membership consultation to evaluate our existing services along with obtaining views on current policy, and to identify areas where we need to improve.

auDA has commissioned Alister Paterson of Paterson Media to conduct this exercise, and beginning the 24th, we will reach out to every member individually and seek feedback in this regard. It is intended that over the next 5 weeks, auDA will have made contact with each member either through face-to-face meetings, video/teleconferences and/or email. The results of this consultation will be tabled at the AGM on the 28th of November, and will set the basis of future strategic and operational settings for the organisation.

This is an important next step for auDA as I further reform and improve our operations.  I encourage all members to participate and would be pleased to answer any queries members may have regarding the process.

Further Information

Leonie Walsh – auDA Board Director
Leonie Walsh is an experienced leader and adviser in technological innovation with a background that spans more than 30 years of experience both locally and internationally across a diverse range of industries and markets. 

Leonie draws from this experience to focus on strategic science and technology issues including innovation efficiency, technology commercialisation, the future skilled workforce through a range of related boards, advisory and advocacy activities. Leonie is also a strong advocate for attracting more women into science and technology and was recently named as the inaugural Ambassador for Women in STEMM Australia.

More recently Leonie completed a 3-year term as Victoria's inaugural Lead Scientist.

Leonie also holds the honorary roles of President and Chairman of the Fight Cancer Foundation, Non-Executive Director on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Register and Co-Chair of the Patient Advisory and Advocacy Committee for the World Network of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Dr Michaella Richards – auDA Board Director
Michaella started her career as a forensic scientist at the South Australian Forensic Science Centre. She then joined Bionomics Pty Ltd in Adelaide before being recruited as a research scientist at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, where she also completed a PhD at University of Melbourne.

She later joined the Victorian Government and became a director in the then Department of State Development, Business and Innovation before embarking on a private sector career, specialising in digital health and internationalisation of health services.

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