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Module 2
Evaluation Procedures
This module describes the evaluation procedures and criteria used to determine whether applied-for gTLDs are approved for delegation. All applicants will undergo an Initial Evaluation and those that do not pass all elements may request Extended Evaluation. The first, required evaluation is the Initial Evaluation, during which ICANN assesses an applied-for gTLD string, an applicant’s qualifications, and its proposed registry services. The following assessments are performed in the Initial Evaluation: • String Reviews     • String similarity Reserved names DNS stability Geographic names

Applicant Reviews    Demonstration of technical and operational capability Demonstration of financial capability Registry services reviews for DNS stability issues

An application must pass all these reviews to pass the Initial Evaluation. Failure to pass any one of these reviews will result in a failure to pass the Initial Evaluation. Extended Evaluation may be applicable in cases in which an applicant does not pass the Initial Evaluation. See Section 2.3 below.


Background Screening

Background screening will be conducted in two areas: (a) General business diligence and criminal history; and (b) History of cybersquatting behavior.
Applicant Guidebook | version 2012-01-11



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