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AusRegistry In Box Seat To Retain .AU Registry Services [updated]

auDA logoIn an announcement today auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, said they have entered into exclusive negotiations with AusRegistry, now part of Neustar, for the management of the registry operations for .au beyond 2018.

This follows AusRegistry making an unsolicited offer to continue those services beyond the current contract on 14 November.

AusRegistry have provided .au registry services since 2002. In that time .au registrations have grown more than ten-fold from 302,849 to 3,060,599 as of the end of November 2016.

Whoever wins the contract to operate the .au registry from 2018 onwards, there are a few significant changes that will be happening under the operator’s watch. The auDA board in recent months has approved second level registrations, for which policies haven’t been announced, and multi-year registrations.

auDA is seeking a best-in-class operator’s arrangement focussed on an enhanced security and technical setting and a rigorous process is underway to test the value, accountability and performance impacts of these initiatives.

Should the negotiations not be successful in achieving these outcomes, auDA said they reserve the right to conduct a market exercise.

.AU Celebrates 30 Years As Australia’s Home On The Internet

A lot has changed in the 30 years since .au was delegated to Australia and became the country’s online. For Australians it was a time when a reforming Labor government was opening up the country to the world. For others it was when Crocodile Dundee was released and opened up Australia to the world’s eyes!

AusRegistry 30 Years of AU

Since then a lot has changed, including in the domain name world. Back then organisations were only entitled to one domain name, there was no domain name aftermarket and the number of registrations were in the low thousands.

Today there are over three million .au domain names registered and it’s considered one of the safer Top Level Domains.

“Our annual surveys consistently identify the .au domain namespace as the most trusted in Australia,” AusRegistry CEO Adrian Kinderis said.

“From small businesses and bloggers to multi-million dollar companies such as Vegemite, Bonds, Akubra and Holden, if you want to succeed online in Australia a domain name ending in .au will tick the right boxes; trust, security and popularity.

Mr Kinderis said while it’s important to acknowledge the hard work across the industry that got us to this position, we must also address the critical question of competition in an increasingly crowded market where disruption is the new business paradigm. What of the next 30-years?

“You don’t chalk up 30-years of success without being nimble and responsive to your changing environment,” he said.

“Innovative changes such as the introduction of one-to-five year terms and direct .au registrations give Australians a greater opportunity to get online by registering domain names like www.yourname.au or www.businessname.au.

“This is not the finishing line, and it is vital that we protect this national asset and recognise the investment made in the .au domain namespace over the 30-year course, while positioning for success for the next 30 years and beyond.

“The .au domain namespace is indeed worth celebrating, so congratulations to each and every online Australian who chooses to represent themselves and their businesses online with a .au domain name.”

AusRegistry’s Behind the Dot Celebrates 30 Years of .AU

Anyone interested in the history of the .au ccTLD should check out this quarter’s Behind the Dot which celebrates 30 years of .au.In a post announcing the publication of their journal, founder and CEO of AusRegistry Adrian Kinderis looks at his first interaction with .au 17 years ago when the ccTLD was a much more closed space than it is today.And of course, particularly look for the magnificent articles, among many magnificent articles, where yours truly contributes to the 30 Years of .AU feature and part two of my interview with Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC.To read Adrian Kinderis’ introduction announcing the journal’s publication and download the latest Behind the Dot, go to:
https://www.ausregistry.com.au/ausregistry-celebrates-30-years-of-au-in-edition-8-of-behind-the-dot/

AusRegistry: Latest Behind The Dot Examines .AU Security And Global Cyber Threats

With internet security becoming an ever growing threat and ever more important issue, the latest issue of the quarterly Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain [pdf] from AusRegistry examines these issues with a focus on .au (Australia).The publication includes a few articles by yours truly on Protecting Australia’s Internet with DNSSEC and interviews with Dr Jason Smith, Technical Director at CERT Australia on Responding to a cyber incident and an interview with Robert Schischka, Technical Manager at nic.at about nic.at’s experiences implementing DNSSEC.There are also articles on an update on .au registration numbers, malware, global domain hijacking incidents being a menace to major brands, protecting your domain from cyber threats, predictions for the .au namespace for 2016 and government and policy.Writing on the AusRegistry website, Adrian Kinderis, CEO of AusRegistry says:
A significant tool for protecting our country’s online ecosystem has been the implementation of DNS Security Extensions, otherwise known as DNSSEC. In this edition, we’ve examined DNSSEC in detail to outline how it works and who should consider implementing it.Online security is not however, an issue solely for Registries. Major brands and individuals alike can and should take essential steps to ensure their data, assets and reputations are protected from online attacks. This edition of Behind the Dot contains a close look at some of the major global brands that have been threatened by hijackers; as well as some of the risks to individual domain name registrants and some tactics for addressing them.We’ve also called upon some of Australia’s leading security experts for their tips and insights on staying safe online. CERT Australia Technical Director, Dr Jason Smith gives us his views on cyber security issues affecting critical infrastructure, while Bruce Matthews, Cyber Security Manager at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides an overview of the Australian Internet Security Initiative. Finally, Robert Schischka of nic.at, the Registry for the Austrian country code Top-Level Domain, offers an international perspective on DNSSEC.In addition, we’re delighted to have the contribution of a number of our .au Registrars in this edition, to give their predictions for the year ahead in .au and the domain name industry abroad. We look forward to continuing this inclusion of Registrars in future editions and encourage your input.

Daily Wrap: Kinderis Wants Domain Industry to Cut Bullshit While IANA Transition Set For September

Adrian Kinderis imageAdrian Kinderis, who co-founded AusRegistry and ARI Registry Services and now a Vice President at Neustar has called on the domain name industry to “grow up” according to a report on Domain Incite.

Speaking in front of an audience that included registries, registrars and investors at this week’s NamesCon, Kinderis called for “the industry to kick out the handful of bad actors that ruin its reputation, and to quit the ‘bullshit bickering’ about which TLDs are best.”

“For far too long this industry has turned a blind eye to the less than scrupulous activities,” he said, “and these activities have plagued this industry. Bad actors have tarnished the perception of this industry.”

“This may have been acceptable when it was a few insiders first grasping at a fledgling product in the early nineties but… we are now front and center of the internet,” he said.

“These practices of a few bad actors have led to the frustration of consumers. We have not served the best interests of our consumers at all times,” he said. “This has to change.”

The IANA transition, from US government oversight to a multistakeholder oversight, is likely to take place on 30 September according to an AFP report.

ICANN CEO and President Fadi Chehadé told AFP the transition plan being prepared since early 2014 will be delivered to the US government in February, and that it could take place on September 30 — a year later than originally planned.

If the US government approves the plan, “then the contract between ICANN and the US government which is set to naturally expire on September 30 will just expire,” Chehade said in an interview Wednesday in Washington.

Chehade said the private non-profit ICANN is effectively a “traffic cop” that ensures the Internet address system functions, and that the US government’s role has been merely to ensure that it follows correct procedures.

“In all the years we’ve done that (the US government) has never said we did not follow the process,” he said.

“People have aggrandized the role of the US government in what we do. But the change is actually minimal. It’s important symbolically because the US was really a steward for the Internet, but for day-to-day accountability, it is minimal.”

Australia’s ccTLD Reaches 3 Million Registrations

The Australian ccTLD, .au, has reached the three million registrations milestone today (24 July) putting it easily within the top ten ccTLDs.On average, each million registrations from one to two to three million registrations have taken place every four years with the one millionth registration reached in November 2007 and the two millionth in March 2011.To mark the milestone, AusRegistry and auDA have put together the following statistics on .au domains:

  • In June 2015, AusRegistry processed 41.2 billion DNS queries for .au domain names. This averages to approximately 1.4 billion DNS queries per day in the .au zone.
  • The average length of a .au domain name is 10 to 13 characters. More than 38,000 .au domains are 28 characters or more long, with four domain names recording the maximum length allowable at 63 characters.
  • Almost 40 percent of all .au domain names have been registered for between two to six years. Seven percent have been registered for more than 10 years.
  • Approximately 86 percent of all .au domain names are registered under .com.au.
  • New South Wales accounts for the largest number of .au registrations (1 million), followed by Victoria (800,000) and Queensland (600,000).
  • .au domain name registrations grew at a rate of six percent over the past 12 months.
  • Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) is now available for .au domain names, which is a security extension that facilitates the digital signing of Internet communications, helping to ensure the integrity and authenticity of transmitted data.

The largest ccTLD is .tk (Tokelau) with its largely free registrations and over 25 million domain names registered. The largest ccTLD with its registrations paid for is .de (Germany) soon to pass the 16 million mark. And of course, the largest TLD is .com which is closing in on 118 million registrations.”Australian businesses and consumers have confidence in .au domain names because they’re the best way to identify yourself as a trusted Australian source online,” said Chris Disspain, CEO of .au Domain Administration (auDA).”The .au domain name is Australia’s home on the Internet. It’s a safe, trusted and reputable corner of the web and Australians know it. That’s why more and more people and companies are gravitating towards .au names that allow us to shop, live, work and play online with confidence.”The .au namespace has been ably supported by AusRegistry, the technical registry provider for the .au namespace and the official .au Registrars who provide the retail channel.”Adrian Kinderis, CEO of AusRegistry, said the technology behind .au has helped position it as one of the most trusted locations on the web.”The significant investment we have made in the infrastructure and stability of the .au Registry has produced a robust and secure platform that is recognised for its best-of-breed architecture. This is one of the reasons .au has achieved 100 percent uptime throughout our tenure,” Kinderis said.”Our sole purpose is to ensure the .au Registry flawlessly performs its role as a mission-critical, essential service infrastructure asset for Australia’s digital economy.”

Keyword Domains Again Prominent Part Of Good SEO: AusRegistry Report

Following changes to Google’s search algorithms reducing the importance of domain names in search engine optimisation (SEO) ranking, recent data indicates that exact match and keyword domains have once again become a prominent part of good SEO practice.This, according to a report released this week by the .au registry AusRegistry, caused many to re-evaluate their domain name portfolios and SEO strategies.The report, Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain, is the second in a quarterly series from AusRegistry, providing detailed analysis and commentary on the .au namespace and issues affecting the domain industry.On local news, the .au ccTLD is now approaching three million domains, with growth rates in 2014 stabilising. The report found that during 2014, four quarters of consecutive six percent growth were achieved, indicating that the .au growth rate has stabilised and that this is a mature namespace consistent with other ccTLDs such as .uk, .de, .ca and .nz.Australians seem to like their ccTLD. With eligibility restrictions that mean an Australian presence is required, it has the second highest number of domains registered per 1,000 people in the ten Asia Pacific countries .au was compared to in the report, slightly behind .nz which has no eligibility restrictions.In addition, .au is consistently placing in the top 10 of all 283 country codes, with over 2.9 million domains registered as of 31 December, 2014. According to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign for the quarter ending 30 September 2014, .au ranked ninth in total registrations behind .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .cn (China), .uk (United Kingdom), .ru (Russian Federation), .nl (Netherlands), .eu (European Union) and .br (Brazil) and is ahead of .fr (France).There is also a report on a survey of business use of .au. The 2014 .au Survey reported that 76 percent of the survey respondents who hold domain names hold .au domains.Among survey respondents, most domains are obtained for business use (over 60%) and over 20 percent of domain name holders owned a domain names portfolio.The .au ccTLD has also entered a more secure phase. From 1 February 2015, DNSSEC became operational in .au – allowing end users to make use of DNSSEC and sign their domains.The full report as well as the business survey report can be downloaded from:
www.ausregistry.com.au/research-au

.AU Domains Grow Six Percent To 2.9 Million, While 2 In 3 Registered Less Than 4 Years: AusRegistry Report

The .au domain has one of the highest growth rates in the world of around six percent and one of the highest domain densities in the Asia Pacific, the first of a new quarterly series of reports from AusRegistry has found.Additionally, almost 50 percent of all .au domain names are between nine and 15 characters in length, while New South Wales, the state with the largest population, claims the honour of the state with the largest number of .au registrations although distribution is broadly proportional to the population size of each state but with slightly higher ownership rates per capita for the eastern seaboard states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.AusRegistry Behind The Dot infographic 1The report – titled “Behind the Dot, The State of the .au Domain” – is part of a new quarterly series which provides an analysis on the performance of the .au domain namespace and offers statistical insights that have never before been released to the public.The series will capture data on .au DNS query traffic, IPv6 adoption rates, .au monthly create and renewal totals, and various other statistical trends across the namespace. .au Domain Administration (auDA) will also make a contribution to each report on the governance of the .au namespace.The report found there are currently 2.9 million .au domain names in total, with a growth rate of six percent over the past 12 months. Both .au and .nz (New Zealand) have the highest number of domains per capita, with .nz slightly edging .au, but both having over 100 domains per 1,000 people.Almost 40 percent of all .au domain names have been registered for between two to six years, a positive sign of a maturing namespace. And while there is a large majority (43%) of names under two years old, and 66 percent under four years old, the report also found seven percent have been registered for more than ten years. Domain names that are at least six years old (having been renewed for the third or subsequent time) are over 80 percent likely to renew again.AusRegistry Behind The Dot infographic 2IPv6 requests are also increasing at a steady rate according to the report. This quarter over 10 percent of clients are using IPv6 to query AusRegistry’s systems. This number highlights an overall trend toward IPv6 adoption, however the actual number of end users are less once infrastructure services are accounted for.When it comes to the length of domain names, the report found size matters with the most common length being in the ten to 13 character length.Interestingly, 38,432 .au domain names are 28 characters or more long, with four domain names recording the maximum length allowable at 63 characters.The report is available to download from the AusRegistry website at:
www.ausregistry.com.au/pdf/SOTD_Final_Report.pdf

Survey Finds Australians Prefer .AU Domain Names

[news release] A survey of more than 3,000 Australians has found .au domain name registrations are on the rise, with 76% of all domain name holders choosing .au, an increase of 2% on last year.The survey is the second annual report to investigate domain name use and ownership in Australia.It was jointly prepared by AusRegistry and .au Domain Administration (auDA) with assistance from global market research company Effective Measure.Australians Prefer .AU InfographicSecurity and trustThe report found .au remains Australia’s home on the Internet with more than double the level of trust over any other namespace.George Pongas, General Manager of Naming Services at AusRegistry, said the results show the .au brand position is built on a foundation of trust, reliability and security.”Two-thirds of survey respondents are more likely to trust a .au website compared with only one-third for a .com,” Mr Pongas said.”Security and trust were a recurring theme and we found that Australian Internet users are security conscious when navigating the web. Trusted organisations (64%) and secure websites (61%) both ranked high in factors that are important for Australians navigating the Internet.”Given that survey respondents reported .au is synonymous with doing business online, it is clear that .au domain names are a symbol of online trust and security for Internet users in Australia.”Mr Pongas said the result is reflective of the industry’s longstanding commitment to security and stability, and more recently exemplified this past year through the introduction of the world-first Registrar Information Security Standard by auDA and AusRegistry’s domain name security service, .auLOCKDOWN.Policy and governanceChris Disspain, CEO of auDA, said this year’s report reinforced the satisfaction with the current level of governance for the .au namespace.”The overwhelming majority of .au domain name holders perceived the registration process as being very easy. The results show that both governance and ease of registration are considered to be appropriate by the vast majority of respondents, which is a strong endorsement of auDA’s regulatory model,” Mr Disspain said.”This is consistent with the fact that Australian businesses rely on .au for their online presence. More than 80% of respondents use their .au domain names for business websites, supporting our position that .au is Australia’s online home for business.”Women and .auThe survey also found the number of females holding domain names increased from 16% in 2013 to 22% this year.The barriers to increasing female registrations is an active area of investigation and auDA’s recent promotion of the 2014 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards calls for more females to get their businesses online and embrace the benefits and success it can afford.The publication of today’s report follows last year’s report which established a benchmark of domain name use and ownership in Australia. A previous report by Deloitte Access Economics in 2011 found the .au domain namespace contributes $475 million to the Australian economy per year and supports more than 4300 full-time jobs.The 2014 report will also be a topic of discussion at the Australian Internet Governance Forum hosted by auDA. The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP – Minister for Communications, will officially open the 2014 auIGF in Melbourne on 26 August.This auDA and AusRegistry news release was sourced from:
www.auda.org.au/news/survey-finds-australians-prefer-.au-domain-names/
www.ausregistry.com.au/news/survey-finds-australians-prefer-au-domain-namesThe original version also includes links. The report is available to download from: www.ausregistry.com.au/research.

5 reasons why Aussies love net.au domain names by George Pongas, AusRegistry

AusRegistry NetAU promo bannerThis May we launched our $1 net.au domain name campaign and we are thrilled to see Australians embrace the promotion and register their net.au domain names in droves.

So far, over 25,000 new net.au domain names have been created this month, eclipsing the 6,500 created May last year. This significant spike in registrations can be directly attributed to the AusRegistry promotion, currently supported by participating Registrars.

Why are people responding so well to this campaign? Is it just the price drop, or are there other compelling reasons that are drawing people to net.au domains?

5 reasons Aussies love net.au

Major brands such as the ABC, ACMI, iiNet and Triple J already choose to host their websites on a net.au domain. Other than the special price drop for this month, here are five reasons to register a net.au:

1.       Trust

Our research shows Australians trust websites ending in .au because they identify that the domains belong to Australian businesses.

The effective regulation and registration policy reforms over the past 12 years have helped to make net.au a trusted and secure namespace for both registrants and Internet users.

2.       Availability

There are currently 2.8 million .au domain names and only 300,000 of these are net.au. The vast majority of domain names in Australia are com.au, which accounts for 2.4 million domains, or 86% of the namespace.

With fewer net.au domain names registered, finding a short, meaningful and memorable domain name is far more likely.

3.       Intrinsic value

For $1, you can’t go wrong with a net.au domain name this month. But how much is net.au domain name really worth? According to IPNeighborhood, more than five net.au domain names have been sold on the aftermarket for more than $10,000, with creditcards.net.au selling for more than $22,000.

IPNeighborhood also reports the top 100 net.au domain names sold at aftermarket for a cumulative total of $140,293; an average of $1,403 per domain and a median of $609.

4.       Call to action

Australian consumers are very familiar with hearing and seeing com.au and net.au domain names within marketing and advertising material. This conditions us all to navigate the web using .au domain names, making com.au and net.au domain names the best call to action option for businesses.

5.       Versatility

Savvy businesses will register both com.au and net.au domain names. An obvious motivation is for brand protection, however, there are other compelling reasons. For example, you can use net.au domain names to separate technical applications related to your online presence. Or with so many available domains – a net.au makes a great campaign vehicle.

We registered getyour.net.au domain for our promotion for this very reason!

With five great reasons and only five days remaining in our getyour.net.au campaign, there has never been a better time to register a net.au domain name.

This article by George Pongas, General Manager, AusRegistry, was sourced with permission from:
www.ausregistry.com.au/news/5-reasons-why-aussies-love-net-au-domain-names