Today, ICANN is publishing the first four results of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) process. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), CPE evaluation panel, performed the evaluations using the criteria defined in section 4.2 of the Applicant Guidebook (AGB). The CPE panel has provided further clarification to the AGB criteria through a set of Evaluation Guidelines [PDF, 1.85 MB], which were published on 27 September 2013. The Guidelines do not modify the framework or standards laid out in the AGB.
CPE is one of the contention resolution mechanisms defined in Module 4 of the AGB. It is available to applications that have identified themselves as a community-based application and are in a string contention set, for the purposes of achieving priority amongst competing members of the contention set. An application in CPE is evaluated using the four criteria (Community Establishment, Nexus between Proposed String and Community, Registration Policies, and Community Endorsement) as defined in section 4.2 of the AGB, and must earn at least 14 out of 16 possible points to pass the evaluation.
- If a single community-based application in a contention set passes CPE, the application will prevail contention, and once eligible, may proceed to the next steps of the application process.
- If more than one community-based application within a contention set passes CPE these applicants must resolve contention through the other methods described in the Applicant Guidebook (i.e., self-resolution or Auction: Mechanism of Last Resort).
- If none of the community-based applications in a contention set pass CPE, all parties in the contention set must resolve contention through the other methods described in the Applicant Guidebook (i.e., self-resolution or Auction: Mechanism of Last Resort).