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auDA Seeking Comment On .au Domain Name Policy Framework Review

Published November 26, 2010

The policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain name space, .au Domain Administration (auDA), is encouraging public comment on policies relating to the way the Internet works in Australia; specifically in relation to .au names.

In August this year, the auDA Board appointed a names policy panel to review the regulatory framework for Australian domain names and to provide recommendations on changes that should be made. 

Made up of volunteers representing a cross-section of the Australian community, the 2010 Names Policy Panel will now undertake public consultation to ensure that its recommendations are properly discussed with key stakeholders and the general community before further review and adoption.

The Panel has released a discussion paper and among the key questions raised are whether a restriction on .au domain name registrants needing to be Australian should remain in place, if the fixed 2 year domain name licence period be changed and if single character names be introduced.

Aside from feedback related to the specific questions contained in the paper, the Panel will welcome comments and suggestions on any other issues relevant to the .au space. Comments can be submitted via email, fax, or through an online survey. The 2010 Names Policy Panel discussion paper can be viewed here and the online survey can be completed here.

The closing date for submissions is 21 January 2011.

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