I just finished voting in the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Board of Directors election. This year’s election is the first under the new election process and reformed membership structure that was ushered in last year at the special member’s meeting in Toronto.
I have mixed feelings about the new membership reform, having spent a good deal of my term on the Board working on it and finally seeing it get ratified by the membership shortly after the end of my stint. I found the re-authorization process of the membership confusing. If I found it confusing, having been in the belly of the beast so to speak, it must have been utterly unfathomable to a lot of casual .CA domain holders. I think 90% of .CA domain holders don’t even really understand who CIRA is or why they consistantly get cryptic emails from them telling them to authorize this, confirm that, verify your id (“your papersss pleasss”).