[LINK] Bottle Domain Challenge to AuDA; Origins of AuDA

Kim Davies kim at cynosure.com.au
Wed Apr 22 11:34:19 AEST 2009

On Apr 21, 2009, at 6:25 PM, Darrell Burkey wrote:

> On Wed, 2009-04-22 at 11:00, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> [(3)  "The auDA was formed in 1999 by former communications minister
>>       Richard Alston".  Discuss.  (:-)}
> I don't think so. Hopefully the great resources of Link will provide
> references but my memory tells me that auDA was completed and  
> providing
> services long before the Gov started thinking about possibly being
> involved in the management of the Australian domain name system. And
> thank God they kept at a distance and let auDA get on with it's work.

I think it would be reasonable to say the truth is somewhere in the  
middle. auDA wasn't created at the initiative of the federal  
government, but it was a necessary broker that helped birth auDA  
because the community couldn't do it by itself. The first attempt by  
the community to create a .au operator was ADNA, and it couldn't pull  
it off without government backing to get the incumbent players to  
cooperate. It took the Government's assistance to create auDA in 1999.


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