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    • Aussie govt probes .au amid member revolt

      The Australian government has announced a review of local ccTLD .au, to see whether its current oversight by auDA is “fit for purpose”. The review was announced last week, not too many weeks after a member revolt resulted in the ouster of auDA’s chairman and a number of significant policy U-turns.

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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

    … registry, auDA later clarified (or U-turned) that it wanted to stick with an outsourced back-end provider. The apparent decision to bring the service in-house came in for some criticism from some auDA members, which waned when it emerged outsourcing was the only solution on the table. There are about 3.1 million .au domains today, and the back-end gets roughly $5 a year (USD) per name. Tweet Tagged: .au, auda, rfp …

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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

    … 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

    … to a campaign at Grumpy.com.au organized by domainer/blogger Ned O’Meara. Grumpy’s supporters reckon auDA has gone to the dogs over the last couple of years, with staff quitting or being fired en masse and an unwelcome culture of secrecy being imposed. But Benjamin wrote: As Chair I have overseen an increase in policy generation, in effective oversight…

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

    … Australian ccTLD registry auDA is looking at bringing its back-end infrastructure in house, to the possible detriment of Neustar. In a surprise move, auDA said late last month that several months of talks with AusRegistry, aimed at possibly extending its current back-end contract beyond 2018, had failed. AusRegistry has operated .au for auDA…

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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 example.au, rather than example.com.au or example.org.au. 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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