March 19, 2020
Administrator of Australia's .au country code Top Level Domain, auDA, has provided an update on a significant donation to bushfire relief efforts and progress government recommendations related to its operations.
You may remember that back in January, auDA announced it will be donating $1 from every new .au domain name registered to the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) towards its efforts in assisting bushfire impacted communities.
41,712 .au names were created in February, so auDA stated last week it will be donating $41,712 to FRR.
“We’re extremely proud to support the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s work in helping the recovery of Australian communities directly affected by the recent fires," said auDA's new CEO, Rosemary Sinclair AM.
The upcoming donation was welcomed by FRR.
"I thank auDA and the Australian internet community for their generosity and know that fire-affected communities will be grateful, too," stated FRRR Partnerships and Services Manager, Sarah Matthee.
In other news, auDA has published a letter from the Federal Minister for Communications Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, concerning progress made by auDA in achieving Government Review recommendations regarding the body in 2017. Minister Fletcher noted new governance and reporting frameworks were operational and that auDA has taken a proactive approach to reviewing security matters.
"I also welcome auDA's efforts to grow its membership based and trust that auDA will continue to focus on effective engagement and consultation with all stakeholders on policy matters," states Minister Fletcher.
The scorecard included in the letter notes 4 recommendations were on track, 25 have been completed and a further 9 completed with ongoing reporting requirements. There were no recommendations noted as being overdue, not yet started or behind schedule or at risk.
The Department's assessment of auDA's progress was based on information presented in late January and the next quarterly review will be next month.
In some sad news announced on Monday, auDA has expressed its condolences and shock concerning the sudden death of Peter Tonoli. Mr. Tonoli was an advocate for better digital rights and community infrastructure since the early days of the Internet in Australia and was heavily involved in the organisation, as well as a number of other digital and internet associations.
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