• 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.

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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

    … Australian ccTLD administrator auDA has scrapped two unpopular policies following the ouster of its chairman last week, allowing campaigning domainers to claim victory. auDA said it has done away with its member code of conduct and has reinstated its policy of publishing its board meetings’ minutes. These were two of the key demands…

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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

    … technical spec for comment August 14 and a formal request for tenders August 28, with a view to picking a winner in October/November for a July 2018 launch. The company currently uses Neustar as its back-end due to Neustar’s 2015 acquisition of 15-year incumbent AusRegistry. The names of the companies responding to the REOI, and their number, have not been disclosed. Tweet Tagged: .au, auda, ausregistry, cctlds, neustar …

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  • Domainers want the head of auDA’s chair

    … Disspain was fired and replaced by Cameron Boardman. I’m told auDa has been hemorrhaging staff for months — 10 of its 13 employees have apparently left the organization this year. Tweet Tagged: .au, auda, cctlds, …

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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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  • Neustar’s .au deal in peril as Aussies look in-house

    …-end. AusRegistry will be among those invited to participate, auDA confirmed. This week, the registry also announced that it has hired Bruce Tonkin, formerly of Melbourne IT and the ICANN board of directors, to be its “Registry Transformation Project Lead”. It will also form an “Industry-led Advisory Panel” to give .au registrars a say in how the new registry is designed and built. Tweet Tagged: .au, auda, ausregistry, cctlds, neustar …

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  • Domain “slammer” making millions in Oz

    … between 2011 and 2014, according to local reports. auDA, the .au domain registry, warned about the company as far back as 2011. An example of a bogus invoice attributed to Domain Register can be found here. It’s not clear whether the defendant in the case is linked to the Brandon Gray slamming outfit, which has also gone by names including Domain…

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  • Aussies get to drop the .com

    … Australia’s ccTLD manager has confirmed that local registrants will be able to register .au domains at the second level, eschewing the usual .com. auDA said yesterday that its board has approved a plan that will let people register names such as, rather than or The country follows the example of New…

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  • auDA chief Disspain let go after 16 years

    … Australian ccTLD manager auDA had parted ways with its founding CEO, Chris Disspain. Disspain had been with auDA since its formation in 2000, spearheading the liberalization of the .au market. His contract was up for renewal later this year, auDA said, “but the Board agreed new leadership was required to take the organisation forward…

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  • Direct .au regs closer to reality

    … Australians could soon get the ability to register domain names directly under .au for the first time. Following in the footsteps of the UK and New Zealand, a panel of .au policy body auDA has recommended that the second level should be opened up for registrations, pending further consultation. In a consultation paper (pdf), the panel wrote…

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