• 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

    …”. No further explanation was given, but it seems he’s leaving immediately. Chief operations and policy officer Jo Lim will be acting CEO while a permanent replacement is found, a process expected to take six months. auDA’s brief statement can be found here. Disspain is a long-time ICANN leader, chairing the ccNSO for many years and sitting on the board…

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  • Direct .au regs closer to reality

    … Suspension policy. Registry providers might want to take note that the panel says that .au back-end AusRegistry, now part of Neustar, will not automatically get the contract to run the direct .au registry; an RFP may be in auDA’s future. The recommendations are now open for comment until September 30. Related posts: Australia considers dumping the .com. CoCCA withdraws from APTLD over support for AusRegistry “monopoly” Nominet approves direct second-level .uk domains …

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