As the Internet becomes ever more central to commercial, community, and cultural life, those who understand its capabilities, have high speed access, digital skills and tools will thrive. In 2014 the .nyc TLD will arrive and provide New Yorkers with the first opportunity to shape the Internet to serve the needs of its residents and organizations. Here we gather ideas about a city-TLD's potential and organize residents to test their utility.
Everyone asks, When can I get a .nyc domain name? Best estimate: ICANN delegates .nyc in early 2014 with the .nyc names first used in October 2014.
But see the latest timeline for details on this and ways you can help move .nyc forward.From the director's fingertips.
There are more than 250 "pages" on this wiki. A few inspire, some are outdated or unfinished. Here are my favorites:
Let me know your favorites.
- The Voter Page - Describes how voters.nyc will engage residents in a civic network.
- dotNeighborhoods - On how neighborhood names - e.g. JacksonHeights.nyc, Soho.nyc, Harlem.nyc, etc - will provide the basis for great local communication.
- Toward City TLDs in the Public Interest - A White Paper on city-TLDs and global cities.
- Our Blog - With our latest plans and activities.
- The Flushing Community - Because it's funny, and maybe $2,300,000,000 real.
- City Growth - Tracing city growth from outpost, to county, to the five boroughs, and perhaps a regional City of Trust.
- Other Visions - Some beautiful, some strange.
- At-Large Structure - Our newest initiative.
Tom Lowenhaupt, Director
This project presumes that the Internet is the 21st century's harbor and canal. And if New York City is to continue as a global leader, it must master the Internet.
We advocate for a city-friendly Internet where a carefully planned and managed .nyc TLD enables residents and visitors to locate and use city resources within a safe environment.
Our Advantages of the .nyc TLD page details the benefits the .nyc TLD will bring. Here's a sample:
Economic Development - Good domain names (short, descriptive, and memorable) will be available to entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially the young and those from immigrant communities. The .nyc TLD says "Made in New York City" and provides billions of New York City mindshare ads and improves our position in the Anholt City Brands Index.
Tourism / Marketing - The city can better market itself globally as a tourist destination and business center by assuring that portals such as hotels.nyc make our city visitor-friendly.
Intuitive City - The quality of life in the city will improve as we begin to simplify access to the city's resources. For example, when searching for a school, begin at schools.nyc.
Community: Identity, Trust, Justice, and Civic Pride - Residents and businesses can more easily locate and network with one another within a zoned .nyc top level domain. Civic awareness, community pride, self empowerment, and prosperity will follow.
Internet Access & Training - If developed under our community model, funds raised through name sales and other revenue opportunities will be used to provide Internet access, technical training, and educate New Yorkers about opportunities that arise from a networked world.
Each of the 250+ chapters on this wiki invites user contributions and is linked to one of the following key pages. Read and write on them. Note however, to write you must first join the project.
- Mission & Objectives - Why we exist and what we hope to accomplish.
- Governance - Like the air, water, streets, and schools the .nyc TLD is infrastructure that will best serve city residents when an informed public is fully engaged in its governance. See our recommended governance plans, and info about our board of directors.
- Contract Documents - The city's contract documents with NeuStar Inc. for the operation and marketing of the .nyc TLD.
- .NYC Advisory Board - Public input channel for the city of New York's .nyc TLD development effort.
- The Operating Environment - Learn about a TLD's role in issuing names, operating the registry, maintaining portals, and creating a safe communications environment.
- Domain Name Allocation Plan - Help identify domain names to be set aside for public and civic use, for operational purposes, for auction, for distribution on a first-come first-served basis...
- The Development Environment - Here we will explore personal, family, civic, community, and business networking applications that might help create a more livable city. Should security and privacy be our highest development priority? Where should education, training, and access be on our priority list? Help decide.
- FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the .nyc TLD.
- Towards City-TLDs in the Public Interest - A White Paper (or download it here) - A primer about the impact TLDs have had on cities and the special advantages that will arise with their operation in the public interest. Contributing to this paper are various comments we've filed with governance bodies.
- Connecting.nyc Inc.'s Home Page
- Our Blog
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Connecting.nyc Inc. gratefully acknowledges the assistance of CoActivate in providing this blog and wiki.
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