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January 19, 2018 11:23

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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, […]

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auDA drops Neustar, to transition 3 million .au domain names to Afilias

Afilias gets big contract win in Australia. Domain name registry company Afilias has won a competitive tender and been selected by the Australian country code manager auDA to manage the .au domain name starting in July of 2018. This is a big win for Afilias, and arguably a bigger loss for Neustar. Neustar acquired Australia-based […]

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Domain blogger O’Meara elected to auDA board

Domainer-blogger Ned O’Meara, one of the fiercest critics of auDA, has been elected to the organization’s board of directors. He was one of four directors elected at the Australian ccTLD registry’s Annual General Meeting today. auDA splits its board into “demand” and “supply” classes. The former are registrants, the latter registrars and resellers. O’Meara, a […]

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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-reporting […]

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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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Chinese resellers cut off from .Au domain names

Registry sites fraud in a decision to halt .au registrations from Chinese resellers. No more .au for Chinese resellers. .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the registry for Australia’s .au domain names, has instructed Tucows to cut off Chinese resellers from .au domain names. Tucows operates both the OpenSRS and Enom reseller platforms, making it by […]

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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 […]

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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 of Grumpy.com.au, […]

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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 […]

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