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    • Hundreds of words and acronyms banned from .au, domains frozen

      auDA has added hundreds of words, phrases and acronyms to its list of strings that are banned in .au and locked domains containing those strings. There were only about 40 strings on the old banned list; now it’s closer to 300. auDA has added to the list the names of brands protected by direct legislation, such as “Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix” and “Australian Defence Force Reserves”.

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  • 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 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. The Department of Communications…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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