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April 20, 2018 10:51

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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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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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ICANN beefs up background checks on directors amid concerns about vice-chair

ICANN is to beef up background screening procedures for its own board of directors after concerns were raised about financial integrity. Directors in four seats that were not previously subject to screening have voluntarily agreed to checks “immediately” and ICANN has urged two of its supporting organizations to bring in such checks as standard. Chris […]

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