One of the proposed methods is a batching process that still restricts the number of applicants as they enter the evaluation phase resulting in an even flow of applications through the process, the ICANN said. This method would be similar to Digital Archery or random selection, but would have to work differently because both those methods have been ruled out, it said.
Another possibility is restricting the reporting of initial results of the evaluation phase, rather than reporting all at once, based on criteria to be determined. And it is also possible to advance applications that fall into a specific category first, such as applications originating from developing countries, it added.
ICANN plans to produce a paper describing applicant and community suggestions, the implications for applicants plus the risks and the degree of agreement on a proposed solution in the week following Oct. 2, according to the tentative road map. In the period following that paper, ICANN plans to discuss the proposals in public with members during its Toronto meeting in October, after which a new paper will be produced. That paper is planned to be submitted to the board at the beginning of December.
The organization plans to start the implementation of the new batching process on Dec. 19 and the implementation is scheduled to last until Jan. 18, according to the road map. The first delegation request is scheduled for August 2013.
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