auDA releases domain report

auDA has released a public consultation report prepared by its Name Policy Advisory Panel, which is charged with reviewing the rules that govern domain name allocation.

The report has made a series of recommendations about potential rule changes to avoid disputes over cybersquatting and other allocation issues. The report recommends that when applying for a domain name, applicants must declare a bona fide intention to use the domain for the purpose set out by its subdomain. For example, applicants for a .com.au name must be commercial entities, and those applying for .edu.au names must be recognised educational institutions.

The report also recommends that existing rules which prevent the allocation of generic words (i.e. 'business') be kept, and that the existing one-domain-per-entity rule be discarded.

The auDA is vying for the endorsement of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) as the self-regulatory body for administration of the .au domain. Initial comments from acting DCITA Minister Peter McGauren suggest the auDA report has been viewed favourably by the DCITA.

"The report's recommendations are aimed at making Australian domain name policies more consistent, coherent and predictable," he said. "It represents a significant step by auDA towards achieving the objectives set for it by the Government to deliver effective self-regulatory administration of the .au domain."

The auDA panel is now requesting public submissions at the www.auda.org.au Web site on the paper. Submissions will close on the December 8, and the advisory panel will make final recommendations to the auDA board early next year.

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