ICANN seeks volunteers to help evaluate gTLD applicants seeking financial support




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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking volunteers who will assist in the evaluation of those organizations seeking financial support to apply for a new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD).

“The volunteers will be key to ICANN’s effort to assure that the less-developed parts of the world are able to participate in the new Domain name program. The panel members will make a real impact in ensuring that the opportunities for innovation and economic development created by the Internet are open to everyone,” said Kurt Pritz, ICANN’s senior VP in a media release.

The volunteers will be chosen for their background and experience in areas such as running a small business, operating in developing economies, analyzing business plans, serving in the public interest, managing a domain name registry service, or awarding grants.

The financial assistance component of the Applicant Support Program offers a limited number of qualifying applicants the opportunity to pay a reduced evaluation fee of $47,000 instead of the full evaluation fee of $185,000.

The selected volunteers will assist in the evaluation of financial support applicants in the context of established public interest, financial capabilities and financial need criteria as outlined in the “Financial Assistance Handbook.”

Those who are interested in applying, should review the criteria, time commitment and other expectations, which are detailed here.




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