New gTLD program posts 100 new Initial Evaluation results: 92 applications get a pass (total is 433)

The next set of Initial Evaluation (IE) Results was released by ICANN. ICANN has ramped up the number of results to batches of 100 prioritized applications per week. The total number of passing applications is now 433. ICANN released Initial Evaluation (IE) results for the next set of applications with priority numbers400-500. There are 92 applications in this set that received a passing score. This takes the total number of IDN applications receiving a passing score to 433 out of 500. (there are a few withdrawn applications in these 500 applications)

Some of the applications that got a pass this week include: .RUGBY, .NEUSTAR, .MONSTER, .BERLIN, .LANCIA, .HOTMAIL, .NYC, .MICROSOFT, .YOUTUBE, .KINDLE etc.

3 new gTLD applications have failed to pass IE and are “Eligible for Extended Evaluation”:

48    العليان    Olayan Investments Company Establishment    LI
Contact name: Mike Rodenbaugh
Contact email: OGtld1@rodenbaugh.com
Application ID: 1-1017-64718
Evaluation phase: IE Complete
IE Result: Eligible for Extended Evaluation

125    MCKINSEY    McKinsey Holdings, Inc.    US
Contact name: Gretchen Olive
Contact email: mckinsey@cscinfo.com
Application ID: 1-1782-78035
Evaluation phase: IE Complete
IE Result: Eligible for Extended Evaluation

318    OLAYANGROUP    Olayan Investments Company Establishment    LI
Contact name: Mike Rodenbaugh
Contact email: OGtld1@rodenbaugh.com
Application ID: 1-1017-54910
Evaluation phase: IE Complete
IE Result: Eligible for Extended Evaluation

For some applications Initial Evaluation results were not yet available for one or more possible reasons such as: pending change requests, clarifying questions, or follow-up with applicants regarding missing information. The results for these applications will be published as soon as the relevant processes are completed.

To view Initial Evaluation results for applications with priority numbers 1 through 350, go to the Current Application Status page of the new gTLD microsite. Then click on the Quick Search “IE Result – Pass”. Clicking on the result will take you to the Initial Evaluation report for that application.

There are three possible outcomes of Initial Evaluation: Pass, Eligible for Extended Evaluation, or Ineligible for Further Review.

  • Pass – The evaluation panels determined that the application is consistent with the requirements in the Applicant Guidebook and can advance to the next phase of the Program.
  • Eligible for Extended Evaluation – The Financial, Technical/Operational, Registry Services, or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not provide sufficient information to award a passing score. The application is eligible for extended evaluation.
  • Ineligible for Further Review – The DNS Stability, String Similarity, Background Screening, and/or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not meet the relevant criteria in the Applicant Guidebook, and the application is ineligible for further review.

As communicated previously, ICANN is releasing Initial Evaluation results in priority order, in increments of 30 per week, with plans to increase to 100 per week. ICANN anticipates having Initial Evaluation results for all applications published by the end of August 2013.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

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