ICANN Releases Initial Evaluation Results for New gTLD Applications – ICANN has released Initial Evaluation results for the first set of New gTLD applications. Results for applications with priority numbers 1 through 30 have been posted, all of which are Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Of these 30 applications, 27 have passed Initial Evaluation and three are still being evaluated. ICANN plans to continue releasing results in priority order, with the rate of 30 per week increasing to 100 per week. The first Registry Agreements could be executed as soon as April 23.
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- ICANN’s Independent Objector has filed objections against 24 new gTLD applications. The Independent Objector is limited to filing objections on the grounds of Limited Public Interest and Community. The deadline for filing objections was March 13.
- “Here’s how new TLD objections work“, by Andrew Allemann.
- auDA, the Australian domain name administrator, is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting to consider amendments to auDA’s Constitution concerning numbers, term length, amd term limits on directors, and other changes.
- The full schedule for ICANN’s Beijing meetings has been published. Nominally the meetings take place from Sunday, April 7 through Thursday, April 11, but some meetings are being held as early as Thursday, April 4.