From none in February, second level, or direct, .au registrations have taken off, reaching 716,278 as of 31 December 2022, or 17.2% of all .au domain names. The figures were part of auDA’s latest Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter of 2022.
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Even Retired Cricketers Get Their .AU
The long overdue launch of .au second level domains has been a success to date with over 700,000 registered as of the end of November 2022. And even retired Australian cricketers are getting in on the act. Listening to the ABC Radio cricket commentary today during coverage of the Australia v South Africa test match, former Australian players Shane Watson and Glenn McGrath were discussing Watson’s self-published book Winning the Inner Battle where Watson made reference to it only being available from shanewatson.au. Watson also has the .com.au domain, but it redirects to the .au.
InternetNZ’s Former CEO Jordan Carter Joins auDA as Internet Governance and Policy Director
In a surprise announcement, auDA today announced Jordan Carter, until a few months ago InternetNZ’s Chief Executive, will be crossing the ditch to join auDA in the newly created role of Internet Governance and Policy Director, from 13 July.
.AU Wholesale Fee Slashed By A Whopping… 0.63%
Afilias made the jaw dropping announcement to registrars this week that the .au wholesale, or registry fee, is being reduced by a whopping A$0.05 or 0.63%.
Former .AU Registry Operator Calls for Resignations in Light of auDA and Afilias Failures
It’s not been a good week for auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, and their backend registry provider Afilias. First on Tuesday there was a security incident that auDA claims saw “a small number of domains” disappear for half an hour. Then today with the launch of second level (or .au direct) registrations, there has been another stuff up that sees all new second level/direct registrations having to be manually entered after registration with no timeframe given for a resolution.
As auDA Gears Up for .AU 2LD Launch, a Security Breach. But Will 2LDs Be a Damp Squib?
March 24 is a big day for .au domain names. It’s the day auDA is launching second level .au domain names. It comes on the back of a security outage that reportedly saw around 15,000 (out of 3.4 million) .au domain names out for 30 minutes on 22 March. But when it comes to second level domains, what’s the point? It comes on the back of me pondering various websites around the world setup to highlight issues with Russia’s current war against and invasion of Ukraine. Under .au until tomorrow I couldn’t set up a website using a .au domain name to serve as information, for example, unless I was part of an organisation that is an official business. That’s how ridiculous the previous eligibility requirements were for .au.
Australia’s IGF Event NetThing Happening Virtually This Thursday and Friday
This week Australia’s Internet Governance Forum event, NetThing, is happening virtually with a host of discussions and presentations covering Australia’s critical infrastructure, internet standards, vaccine passports and digital rights, the internet as an essential service, tech and environmental sustainability, misinformation and disinformation, DNS abuse, trusted digital platforms, blockchain, protecting at risk voices, will technology save the planet, adult content online and mass surveillance and democracy. The theme for the 2021 NetThing Forum is “Building Bridges.”
TLD Updates: eeID for Estonia, .SPA GA Launch, UK-IGF, Registrar Applications for .LB, .KZ and .CAT Birthdays and auDA Foundation Applications Open
The Estonian Internet Foundation, the .ee registry, Estonian Internet Foundation, has launched a simple three-in-one personal identification service.
TLD Updates: .ABUDHABI Launches, Is auDA Fit For Purpose?
Abu Dhabi, the capital and second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, has launched it’s very own new gTLD – .abudhabi. It is now considered to be the official domain name of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
After Six Years of Deliberations, Second Level .AU Registrations Are Coming In 2022
It only took six years from one of those now defunct policy advisory groups, a Names Policy Panel, recommended it, but auDA has finally gotten around to announcing a definitive launch of second level .au domain names. They’re coming in March 2022.