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Direct Allocation of 2TLDs within .au

Roger Clarke **

Submission to the Names Policy Panel of the Australian Domain Names Administrator (AuDA) on 9 June 2015

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Jo Lim

Chief Operations and Policy Officer

auDA

jo.lim@auda.org.au

Dear Jo

Re: 2015 Names Policy Panel

My apologies for the lateness of this Submission. (I've been travelling overseas from early May until late June).

I'm a Director and Secretary of the Internet Society of Australia, but I'm making this submission in my personal capacity.

1. Downsides of Direct Registration in .au

The proposal to permit direct registrations within .au represents a potential bonanza for get-rich-quick merchants, but it would be:

(a) a thorn in the side of large numbers of established organisations, and

(b) a serious threat to the high standing of auDA.

Until now, auDA has not been perceived to be a money-grubbing monopolist, as ICANN is. Opening up .au - or indeed creating unnecessary new 2TLDs within .au - would, in many people's eyes, significantly reduce auDA's well-deserved reputation.

2. A Necessary Complementary Design Feature

If the proposal is proceeded with, then it is essential that protections be built into the design, not only for existing registrants in existing .au 2TLDs, but also for future registrants.

I submitted a quite specific proposal in 2007 (and I'm a little disappointed that the Issues Paper failed to reflect its content).

The proposition is that, because of the greatly increased contention for common abbreviations, registrants in the direct .au namespace need to have imposed on them a contractual obligation to implement a suitably-formatted preliminary 'disambiguation page'.

As an integral part of this submission, I re-submit the original document, accessible at: http://www.rogerclarke.com/II/Direct2LDs.html

Thank you for your consideration.

Roger Clarke


Author Affiliations

Roger Clarke is Principal of Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra. He is also a Visiting Professor in Cyberspace Law & Policy at the University of N.S.W., and a Visiting Professor in the Computer Science at the Australian National University.



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