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July 19, 2018 05:58

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Domainers could lose their names as .au loophole closes

Domain investors dabbling in the .au space could face losing their names under new policies set to be proposed. The .au Policy Review Panel, which helps set policy for Australian ccTLD registry auDA, said this week it is thinking about closing a loophole related to domain monetization that has allowed “speculation and warehousing” in violation […]

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auDA wins brief reprieve from boardroom battle

Australian ccTLD registry auDA has managed get a small delay, smaller than it wanted, to the deadline for a special member meeting at which the fate of its chair, CEO and two directors will be decided. After more than 5% of its membership signed a petition calling for the vote, it had until June 7 […]

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auDA may sue to delay boardroom bloodbath

auDA is thinking about taking its membership to court in order to delay a vote on the jobs of four of its directors. The Australian ccTLD registry has also delayed further consideration of its policy to introduce direct, second-level registrations in .au until late 2019. Both announcements came in the wake of a government review […]

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Government gives auDA reform-or-die ultimatum

auDA has just months to either implement sweeping reforms or risk being dissolved and replaced. That’s the outcome of a review of the Australian ccTLD administrator by the Department of Communications and Arts, published today, that found the organization as it stands today is “no longer fit-for-purpose”. Among its 29 recommendations, the government is demanding […]

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Leaked memo alleges lavish travel spending at auDA

A report into .au registry auDA’s historical travel expenses has leaked to the Australian media, the latest apparent salvo in the organization’s increasingly personal civil war. The Sydney Morning Herald this evening reports on “allegations of lavish spending and misuse of expense accounts by some former directors and employees”. The primary individual targeted (for want […]

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auDA refers former directors to police

Imploding Australian ccTLD registry auDA has ratted out “several” of its former directors to the local cops, it was revealed this week. In a message to its community to mark Chris Leptos’ 150th day as chair of the organization, he wrote: I am disappointed to advise you that in my first week as Independent Chair […]

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Grumpier Aussies call for more blood on the auDA boardroom floor

A group of pissed-off members of the Australian domain name industry are calling for the heads of auDA’s CEO, its new chair, and two other members of its board. A triumvirate of long-time participants in the auDA community say they have secured enough signatures on a petition to force the organization to call the meeting […]

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auDA role “could have killed me” says resigning domainer

Domainer and activist blogger Ned O’Meara has resigned from the auDA board of directors, about four months after being elected. He said in an apologetic blog post that the “negative stress” caused by being on the .au registry’s board had sent his blood pressure up, making him worry about having a third heart attack. “[I]f […]

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auDA probably won’t pass on full Afilias savings to registrants

Switching .au’s back-end to Afilias will cut auDA’s per-domain costs by more than half, but registrants are not likely to benefit from the full impact of the savings. auDA’s Bruce Tonkin, who led the committee that selected Afilias to replace incumbent Neustar, told DI this week that the organization is likely to take a bigger […]

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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, […]

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