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ICANN today announced the publication of the revised Program Implementation Review report, a self-assessment of New gTLD Program processes. The report of public comments [PDF, 788 KB], which includes a summary and analysis of the comments received regarding the draft report, has also been published.
Read the revised Program Implementation Review report [PDF, 28.2 MB].
The Program Implementation Review report is an assessment performed by members of ICANN staff charged with executing the New gTLD Program, examining the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of program processes. It is intended to help inform the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team's assessment of the effectiveness of the application and evaluation processes. Within the report, ICANN has identified several areas that may benefit from further work and discussion.
The initial draft of the Program Implementation Review report was published for comment on 23 September 2015. The revised version available today includes updates to provide clarification in response to public comments.
The public comments received highlighted several areas where community members suggest that additional development in policy or implementation would be beneficial for future rounds. Among the topics cited most were the concept of registry service provider accreditation and application tracks for different categories of applicants (e.g., ".BRANDs"). The Report of Public Comments and Revised Program Implementation Review report are being provided to the CCT Review Team for its consideration.
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.