Thursday, June 6, 2013

Update (slides) on the ICANN new gTLD program (05 June 2013)

Yesterday's agenda, (in red, what matters to me):
  • Initial Evaluation:
    • Results Published for Application Priorities 1 to 600:
      • 518 passed;
      • 4 eligible for Extended Evaluation;
      • 60 withheld due to CQ/Change Request or Outreach;
      • 18 withdrawn.
    • Initial Evaluation Outcomes:
      • Pass;
      • Eligible for Extended Evaluation;
      • Ineligible for further review.
    • 71 Application withdrawals to Date.
  • Continuing Operations Instrument;
  • Objections & Dispute Resolution:
    • Current Progress:
      • 262 admissible objections filed;
      • 139 admissible applicant responses filed;
      • 119 Filings in-review;
      • 4 filings dismissed due to applicant withdrawal;
      • DRSPs are finalizing applicant responses and selection of expert panels.
    • Circumstances that may alter process timing:
      • Applicant and objector interaction (e.g., responses, payments);
      • Complexity of objection filings (e.g., consolidation).
      • Additional/Supplementary activities (i.e., hearings, additional written submissions, negotiation, mediation).
  • String Contention Resolution:
    • Contention Proceedings planned to begin September 2013;
    • Community Priority Elections will be accepted beginning next week (by 14 June) via the Customer Portal:
      • Expect an announcement next week with election instructions;
      • Additional CPE may be performed after Extended Evaluation, as necessary
    • Auctions:
      • Non-community contention sets can begin auction concurrent with CPE;
      • Others will begin at the conclusion of CPE and EE, as necessary.
  • Contracting (Next webinar: 13 June 2013);
  • GAC Advice;
  • Pre-Delegation Testing (Anycast Instance Testing to be eliminated);
  • Registry Data Escrow;
  • Security & Stability Studies:
    • ICANN has commissioned two studies to determine:
      • Security impacts of delegating applied-for new-gTLD strings that are currently used in private networks;
      • Security & stability impacts of dotless domain names.
    • These studies will identify and classify potential risk levels, and provide ICANN with mitigation options, as needed.
  • IDN Variant TLD Program Webinar (27 June 2013);
  • Trademark Clearinghouse (http://trademarkclearinghouse.com/):
    • Users:
      • 636 trademark holders
      • 119 agents.
    • Trademark records submitted:  3,027:
      • Verified:  1,380;
      • In process:  1,132;
      • Incorrect:  503;
      • Invalid:  12.
    • Early bird submissions for no additional fee;
    • Trademark Clearinghouse & Internationalized Domain Names Webinar (Date: 19 June 2013).
  • Tentative timeline:
    • 30 June: Registry Agreement Approved;
    • 1-8 July: Contracting;
    • 9 July - 9 August: Pre-Delegation Testing;
    • 12-14 August: Transition to IANA;
    • 15-28 August: IANA Delegation;
    • 28 August: First new gTLD delegated;
    • 29 August - 27 September: Sunrise Notice;
    • 28 September - 27 October: Sunrise Period.
  • Questions (one answer by ICANN was: "I understand the question and I understand how important it is to you but the ICANN legal department prevents me from answering it" :-).
Download the complete presentation here (PDF file).

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