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An ICANN-commissioned investigation into the fairness of its Community Priority Evaluation process for new gTLDs could wind up before the end of June. In an update Friday, ICANN also finally revealed who is actually conducting the probe, which has been slammed by affected applicants for being secretive. A tentative timeline sketched out in the update means applicants for gTLDs including .
… complained via ICANN’s in-house Requests for Reconsideration and then Independent Review Process mechanisms. One such IRP complaint — related to Dot Registry’s .inc, .llc, .llp applications — led to two of the three-person IRP panel deciding last July that ICANN had serious questions to answer about how the CPE process was carried out. While…
… Two applicants that applied for the gTLD .cpa as a “Community” have lost their Community Priority Evaluations. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants scored 11 points out of 16, CPA Australia scored 12. While relatively high scores for CPE, they both failed to pass the 14-point winning threshold. The string, which stands…