New 2LDs Considered for .AU

AuDA, the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .AU domain space, is currently considering whether to create new second level domains (2LDs) in the .AU domain space.AuDA’s New 2LDs Advisory Panel, chaired by Derek Whitehead of Swinburne University, has released a discussion paper inviting public comments on two matters:

  • new 2LDs in general
  • specific suggestions for creating new 2LDs or changing existing 2LDs.

The Panel’s job is to evaluate proposals for two little-used existing 2LDs (info.au and conf.au) and also proposals for two suggested new 2LDs (blog.au and event.au).”The Panel’s focus is on whether the creation of a new 2LD is in the public interest,” said Derek Whitehead. “The Panel is very keen to know what people think about new 2LDs and whether they would improve the Australian domain name system.””We encourage all Australians to contribute to the future development of their own domain space.”It should be noted that the proposals do not include opening up .AU to non-Australian registrants.The Panel’s discussion paper is available on auDA’s website at www.auda.org.au/new2ldsap/new2ldsap-index. The closing date for comments is 23 May 2010.Following submissions, the panel will make draft recommendations to the auDA board as to whether there should be new 2LDs or changes to existing 2LDs.