By CHRIS LEPTOS | 17 July 2018
I have been watching with dismay the online commentary by a small number of members who seem determined to undermine the good work of auDA, and by extension the .au community.
They are entitled to have their views. However, we should also acknowledge that auDA does not exist just for some of its outspoken members. auDA is a vital part of Australia’s digital infrastructure. auDA is also a quasi-regulator of the .au namespace with over a million unique registrants, and many millions more who rely on a safe and stable .au domain.
Currently, auDA is undergoing a major transformation to meet the requirements of modern business practices and governance processes. This is in part due to the federal government review which recommended 29 reforms, and which the auDA board has fully embraced. Continue reading “From the chair – transforming auDA to build .au”
By AFILIAS | 16 July 2018
In today’s blog we’re going to talk about the lifecycle of .au domain names. We look at what goes on with a domain name prior to it being added to the drop list and purged (i.e. made available for someone else to register). auDA – the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space – has specified this process in the Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy. Continue reading “The .au domain name lifecycle”
By PATRICIA EDGAR | 6 July 2018
NBN Co claims their focus remains strongly on improving customer experience on the network including a smooth connection to the network. In fact the experience is a fiasco.
Continue reading “Going round the twist with Telstra and NBN Co”
By AFILIAS | 5 July 2018
The transition of .au to the new Afilias system in Australia happened last weekend according to plan: no interruption of service to end users and minimal disruption to registrars. By all accounts, this historic event is a testament to auDA’s vision and determination to fulfill the goals of the project. Continue reading “Setting the record straight about Afilias Australia’s new .au service”
By LAURIE PATTON | 3 July 2018
As I’ve written previously, the Australian Government has given auDA – the company managing our Internet domain names – three months to develop new processes to redress historical weaknesses in its governance. The organisation has been mired in controversy in recent years. For quite some time, though, it had been seen as a tightly held fiefdom under the control of a board of directors elected from within the industry and fraught with conflicts of interest.
auDA brought in a team of external facilitators to run a member consultation session. Only about a dozen people showed up in person and about the same number attended online. This suggests to me that claims of widespread disquiet among the auDA constituency might be a tad overblown. Continue reading “auDA latest: All quiet on the western front (for now, at least)”
By auDA | 1 July 2018
The .au name space was transformed overnight with the seamless transition of 3.1 million domain names to a new registry and national domain name infrastructure. Continue reading “Australia’s .au name space transformed with new registry operator”
By LAURIE PATTON | 26 June 2018
Next week the group attempting to oust board directors at Internet domain names authority auDA will have an opportunity to explain in detail the reasons for their concern and their solutions.
The setting will be a meeting convened by auDA’s new Consultation Model Working Group and the venue is Melbourne’s La Trobe University – with the ability to join in online, as you’d expect from such an organisation. Continue reading “Showdown looming in domain names battle”
By LAURIE PATTON | 23 June 2018
It’s time we did something about the ‘keyboard cowards’ who post false and/or defamatory comments on social media.
The Australian newspaper recently reported Kerry Stokes, chairman of Australia’s largest commercial television network, calling for laws “preventing Facebook and other Internet media companies from publishing defamatory and false allegations with impunity”.
The paper notes that Stokes recently mounted a four-year-long defamation case against an online blogger, quoting him saying: “Everyone is vulnerable to nefarious material being published about them… It is time for governments to act to protect their citizens, creating similar laws that traditional publishers and broadcasters comply with every day”. Continue reading “#NoAnonymousSledging – Time to clean up the Internet?”
By LAURIE PATTON | 22 June 2018
In my opinion, the NBN will not be a completed project until everyone has access to fast, reliable broadband. On that basis the rollout will take us well beyond the current projected deadline of 2020. What’s worse, it will end up having cost more than the original 2009 version and far more than then communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was told to expect when he adopted his so-called multi-technology mix model.
The people who advised the Government back in 2013 are the ones to blame. They recommended using Telstra’s ageing copper (FTTN) network – but even worse, they failed to consider the run-down state of the Telstra and Optus HFC (Pay TV) networks. Optus HFC has been totally abandoned and Telstra HFC is in need of much repair. Both the FTTN and HFC decisions are at the heart of NBN Co’s current dilemma. Continue reading “NBN: Won’t be finished on time. Simple as that!”
By LAURIE PATTON | 21 June 2018
What happens when you take a dysfunctional government corporation, privatise it, and then allow it to pretty much do as it likes? The answer to that question is at the heart of what is no doubt keeping Telstra boss Andrew Penn awake at night. Continue reading “Is Telstra simply unmanageable right now?”