ICANN continues with the review and selection process of independent evaluators that will perform key roles in reviewing applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).
There are 3 phases to the evaluation process:
- General criteria scoring to identify a short list of candidates per panel
- Oral presentations with short-listed candidates
- Presentation of recommended candidates to Board
Phase one of the selection process (e.g., general criteria scoring grid) has been completed and each candidate is being notified of their status and next steps. The candidates that successfully passed this phase will be invited to discuss their qualifications via oral and written presentations. The purpose of this next phase is to meet with the candidate’s leadership and core team members to evaluate in detail the candidate’s approach, experience, technical competency, commitment and proposed costing model.
The retention of the Evaluation Panelists is expected to occur in 2010 and names of the selected evaluation panelists will be published at that time.
Information about the New gTLD Program: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtld-program.htm
Information about Independent Evaluators Search: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/tenders-eoi-en.htm