Auda

  • Shocker! After 15 years, Afilias kicks Neustar out of Australia

    … Afilias has been awarded the contract to run .au, Australia’s ccTLD, kicking out incumbent Neustar after 15 years. It’s currently a 3.1 million-domain contract, meaning it’s going to be the largest back-end transition in the history of the DNS. It’s also very likely going to see the price of a .au domain come down. Neustar, via its 2015…

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  • Domain blogger O’Meara elected to auDA board

    …. O’Meara landing on the board means he will of course become privy to all the information he’e been campaigning for auDA to be more transparent about recently. How this will affect his blogging remains to be seen, he has yet to write a post about his election. Tweet Tagged: .au, auda, domainer.com.au, grumpy …

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  • Aussie gov refuses to spill the beans on ICANN vice chair’s firing

    … expenses and apparent under-reporting of “fringe benefit tax” under his watch. The request was filed in September by by industry consultant Ron Andruff, who is known to have beef with Disspain after having been passed over for an important ICANN leadership role. One of the specific documents sought by Andruff was an unpublished audit by PPB Advisory…

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  • ICANN beefs up background checks on directors amid concerns about vice-chair

    … in the week by consultant and long-time ICANN community member Ron Andruff, who is known to have concerns about Disspain’s financial integrity. Andruff spoke at an open-mic session with the board last Monday to recommend that the four anomalous directors face screening before the board was re-seated just a few days later. “We’re talking about risk…

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  • Aussie govt probes .au amid member revolt

    … and the Arts said it will “examine the most appropriate framework for the domain” and “identify risk and mitigation strategies for the security and stability of the .au domain.” The government already has reserve powers over .au under previous legislation. So far, the exact details of what is to be reviewed are vague. auDA has faced criticism recently over…

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  • Who should have rights to direct .au names?

    … Australian ccTLD registry auDA wants to know what you think about its plans to open up .au to direct second-level domain registrations. It’s no longer a question of if the change should happen, but how it should be implemented. A public consultation launched yesterday poses a series of questions about issues such as grandfathering, trademark…

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  • Nine registries fighting for .au contract

    … Nine domain name companies are battling it out for the right to run Australia’s .au ccTLD. That’s according to auDA, the .au registry, providing an update on the latest stage of its “registry transformation” project today. A decision on which company to select could be made as soon as a month from now, though the process does seem…

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  • Another auDA director quit in secret

    … Australian ccTLD registry auDA, in the midst of a transparency controversy, reportedly lost another of its directors last month. According to a report in Australia’s Financial Review newspaper, Leonie Walsh stepped down August 14. The paper cited Australian Securities and Investments Commission documents as its source. Embattled auDA did…

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  • Another auDA director quits after conflict claims

    … Australian ccTLD manager auDA has lost its second director in two week with the resignation of Michaella Richards, announced today. Richards’ position had been subject to criticism by disgruntled auDA members. It had been speculated that her appointment to the board last December was less due to her experience in the domain industry…

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  • Grumpy campaign claims victory after auDA U-turns

    … a group of members ever took this massive step of calling a special meeting, we pleaded with auDA to sort these issues out. We were ignored; then rebuffed. … And here we are today – with every single resolution now resolved (hopefully) in the members favour. That’s what you call a strategy that backfired spectacularly on auDA. auDA also said that it has commenced the process of seeking out a new independent director/chair. Tweet Tagged: .au, auda …

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  • auDA chair quits days before vote to fire him

    … The chair of .au registry auDA has quit the job just three days before members were due to vote on a motion to fire him. Stuart Benjamin, who took on the role in late 2015, faced a special member meeting on Monday that had just one resolution on its agenda: That Stuart Benjamin be removed as a director of the Company with immediate effect…

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  • auDA now looking to outsource .au registry

    … Australian ccTLD overseer auDA appears to have softened its approach to overhauling the management of .au. The organization said today that it’s now planning to look for an “outsourced registry operation” that will come online in July 2018. In recent months, the company had been looking for suppliers to help it build a dedicated, in-house…

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  • Domainers want the head of auDA’s chair

    … Disgruntled domainers have managed to arrange for a vote on whether auDA chair Stuart Benjamin should be fired. auDA, the .au ccTLD administrator, has been under fire for many months from registrants who believe the organization is being managed in an increasingly erratic and secretive manner. Now, a campaign and petition at Grumpy.com.au…

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  • Three-million domain .au deal up for grabs

    … auDA has formally launched the process that will could see it replace .au back-end provider Neustar with an in-house registry by the end of June 2018. The Australian ccTLD operator has opened a “Request for Expressions of Interest” as the first stage of a procurement process for software and/or services to support its recently announced…

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