ICANN expects to kick off its implementation efforts for the next rounds of new gTLDs next month.
The Org is putting together its Implementation Review Team, a group of community members that will help shepherd staff into turning policy into reality.
Each supporting organization, advisory committee and constituency will get to nominate a representative (and an alt) and ICANN will put out an open call for volunteers for the team.
Members of the working group that came up with the policy recommendations in the first place are expected to be likely candidates.
The IRT’s main objective is to make sure that ICANN sticks to the letter and spirit of the recommendations, many of which were adopted by its board of directors last month, and prevent members re-litigating settled disputes.
ICANN expects to hold its first IRT meeting the week of May 14 or sooner.
ICANN spent millions of dollars and most of 2022 carrying out an Operational Design Assessment of new gTLDs policy recommendations, which was intended in part to relieve the IRT of some heavy lifting and speed it up.