23 September 2015 – ICANN today announced the publication of the draft New gTLD Program Implementation Review, a self-assessment of the implementation of New gTLD Program processes. The draft report is available for public comment through 7 December 2015.
Read the draft Program Implementation Review report [PDF, 2.48 MB].
The report is ICANN's assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of its implementation of the program, and is intended to help inform a community review team's assessment of the application and evaluation processes. This document is intended to share ICANN's perspective on the execution of the New gTLD Program, but as part of the review, ICANN considered feedback from the many stakeholders who played a major role in the program, including applicants, service providers and other members of the community.
With the draft report now published for public comment, ICANN is seeking additional input from stakeholders. This stakeholder feedback will be considered before the report is finalized.
"This review is one of several planned sets of assessments and activities to help measure our progress against the goals of the New gTLD Program," said Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Global Domains Division. "Once the community has a chance to provide comments, we'll use the findings to help shape future rounds of the program."
In implementing the New gTLD Program and reflecting upon the challenges of execution, ICANN has identified several areas that may benefit from further work and discussion.
The Program Implementation Review report supports one of several reviews intended to help measure how the New gTLD Program is promoting competition, consumer choice, and consumer trust.
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