auDA, the Australian regulator of the country’s Internet suffix .AU, has appointed Bruce Tonkin to lead its “registry transformation” project.
Tonkin has just ended a 9-year stint on the ICANN Board. He was also previously Chief Strategy Officer for the Australian registrar Melbourne IT.
Before initiating its registry transformation project, auDA had been in exclusive negotiations with current back-end registry services AusRegistry to continue operating the .AU registry beyond its current contract term.
Those negotiations were ended by auDA on April 24, 2017. A tender process will now be conducted to allow auDA to build and operate its own dedicated .AU registry.