New Progress on “.au” Domain Saga, Govt Still Quiet
auDA – the self-regulating body which oversees Australian domain name registrations – has opted to hold a special general meeting (SGM), following a petition from members. The news follows concerns auDA did not conduct a fair consultation about the risks associated with transitioning to the new “.au” domain names.
Controversy has mounted since last year, surrounding the potential introduction of the new “.au” domain.
Despite closing submissions nearly four months ago, the Australian Federal Government has remained quiet about the results of its domain management inquiry.
Opponents of the proposed transition are concerned local businesses may have to heavily compete for the “.au” equivalent of their existing website. SMEs worry new domains may negatively impact their online brand.
auDA’s consultation states “contested domains” will be thrown into a pool, and issued out à la a lottery system.
According to SmartCompany, the auDA affirms there currently is no set decision about a transition to “.au domains”. The self-regulating body states it’s open to more feedback from local businesses.
Three auDA members reportedly petitioned over the weekend for a special general meeting, which includes a vote of no-confidence in current Chief Executive, Cameron Boardman.
auDA informed SmartCompany a “small group” pushed for the SGM, whilst asserting it remains committed to “ongoing reform”.
One of the petition’s instigators, Josh Rowe, suggests the auDA restarts its consultation, and adds more SME representatives to its panel.
Back in November, the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts launched a formal review concerning the management of “.au” domains in Australia. A report on the findings is yet to be released, however, consensus is it could be further delayed until the auDA’s upcoming SGM.