Domain bureaucrats: Bungling the .gov.au space
Posted in: Domain Names at 08/02/2008 07:18
Australia's second level domain name system for government may have an air of legitimacy, but bureaucratic bungling is confusing Web administration between levels of government, according to one German researcher.
Speaking at a seminar held by the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of New South Wales yesterday, e-government researcher Martin Backes of Germany's Saarland University said that Australia's second level domain name system for government Web sites -- .gov.au -- is effective as a measure to instil user trust in dealing with the government over the Internet.
Brett Fenton, chief operating officer of domain name registering service NetRegistry, said opportunities remain to hijack government domains: "There's been some cases where someone will register a third level domain name attached to a .gov.au space and use it to direct traffic to all kinds of things."