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

      The Australian government has refused to release documents concerning alleged “financial irregularities” at local ccTLD manager auDA that have been linked to the firing of former CEO Chris Disspain. A request under the Freedom of Information Act sought documents detailing Disspain’s March 2016 termination, as well as high levels of travel expenses and apparent under-reportin ...

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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

    … 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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  • 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

    … 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, 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

    …-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 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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