New: Live New gTLD Stats

Kevin Murphy
June 14, 2013
gTLD Database

Today DI PRO is launching a new live dashboard for new gTLD program statistics.

The idea is to give users quick and easy access to key program metrics.

Want to know the maximum number of gTLDs that can be delegated in the current round? It’s 1,365.

Want to know how many contention sets remain? It’s 222.

Want to know how many how many applications have failed Initial Evaluation? It’s 4.

While almost all of this data has been easily accessible via the DI PRO New gTLD Application Tracker for months, the new Live Stats interface provides a quicker, at-a-glance view.

All the stats are generated live from the DI PRO database, which is updated at least once a day with the current status of all 1,930 new gTLD applications. New IE results are added Fridays at 8pm UTC.

What’s more, users can drill down into detailed search results by clicking the stat they’re interested in.

User previews have been positive, but we’re always open to suggestions if there’s a stat you’d like to see included.

Subscribers can check it out here: Live New gTLD Stats.

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See all new gTLD Initial Evaluation scores in one place

Kevin Murphy
May 7, 2013
Analysis

Today, DI PRO introduces a new search tool that enables you to easily view, search and sort Initial Evaluation scores from a single page.

The tool, available here, is designed for users who desire a little more granular data on IE results than currently displayed on the New gTLD Application Tracker.

Users can see financial, technical and total evaluation scores for each application that has been processed through IE (currently 244 applications) in the same sortable table.

Results can be filtered by string, applicant and back-end registry services provider.

New scores will be added every Friday night (or Saturday morning, depending on the timing of ICANN’s results publication) until Initial Evaluation ends.

UPDATE MAY 14: The tool now also lists the date the results were published, enabling users to see which applicants are failing to immediately pass according to their prioritization number.

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Database: Applications affected by GAC Advice on New gTLDs

Kevin Murphy
April 15, 2013
Analysis

ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee published its Advice on New gTLDs during ICANN’s 46th public meeting, held in Beijing April 7-11, 2013.

The Advice, found in the Beijing Communique, is far-reaching and, initial reactions suggest, goes a long way to attempt to redefine several key assumptions new gTLD applicants had made about the program.

There are five broad categories of Advice on New gTLDs contained within the Beijing Communique. Overall, 517 unique applications are affected, according to DI’s analysis. This page attempts to present a comprehensive list of these applications, with a brief summary of each Advice type.

DI PRO subscribers can read the list here.

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That first batch of new gTLD application changes in full

Kevin Murphy
November 6, 2012
Analysis

ICANN has published the first batch of approved new gTLD application changes.

There are 29 approved changes to date, of 138 change requests received by ICANN. Most of the changes are corrections to typographical errors, copy/paste errors or changes in contact information.

However, the changes also create one new contention set, reflect the acquisition of one applicant by another, and in one case create an entirely new answer to question 18 (mission/purpose of the gTLD).

Because ICANN did not publish red-line versions of the applications, we have compared the amended applications to the originals and here present a condensed analysis of what changes were made to which applications.

The changes will be also reflected in the DI PRO application database over the coming days.

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New gTLDs and ccTLD string confusion: what are the chances?

Kevin Murphy
July 26, 2012
Analysis

SX Registry may have denied rumors – fueled by its erotically charged launch marketing – that it already has plans to object to the two applications for .sex generic top-level domains, but the new Sint Maarten ccTLD registry is far from alone when it comes to potential string similarity clashes with new gTLD applications.

In fact, applicants for three-character gTLDs are more likely than not to find themselves in the same position as ICM Registry SX LLC and Internet Marketing Solutions Limited Ltd, the two .sex applicants, wondering whether they will face objections from ccTLDs.

If .SX Registry is able to object to .sex on visual similarity grounds, 169 other ccTLD registries have the same rights to object to other gTLD applications, we have found.

Of the 375 applications for three-letter gTLDs in the first round, 304 have only one character variance with one or more existing ccTLDs, according to DI PRO’s string similarity analysis. In total, if a single additional character is enough to create similarity, there are 368 potential ccTLD/gTLD conflicts in the current application round.

The visual similarity ratio between ccTLDs and gTLDs, as measured by the algorithm developed by Sword Group for ICANN, is in many cases only a few percentage points lower than in the case of TLDs that have already been rejected on confusing similarity grounds.

This analysis discusses the String Confusion Objection as it relates to ccTLDs and presents the raw results of our similarity checks, including Sword tool results for each of the 368 potential conflicts.

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