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  • Allowing single-person panels to decide the winners and losers for a new gTLD is a disaster.

  • This case could be a considered a 2-member panel, where one member is the IO when he decided to file community objections only against the non-community applicants, which makes perfect sense for me.

    The curious thing is the other community applicant dropping from race, probably being unable to bear with the high costs of objections and facing delays from GAC Advice… so this is more of a being funded enough to survive the process.

  • Not exactly Ruben…the IO is the “plaintiff” (the objector) and the applicants are the defendants. The IO shouldn’t be considered as a panelist. He was given $25 million from ICANN and granted standing to object on community grounds and limited public interest grounds. There is only one panelist independently engaged by the ICC to render an expert determination for a community objection case. The .med applicant that dropped out did so back in March of last year due to objections and concerns for GAC advice, although funding indeed could certainly have been an issue.

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