intrepid-intern.bmpJackson Hs., New York - Ready to help rethink the Internet as a civic tool to create a better New York City for its residents and organizations?

As the new semester approaches, we invite those with a feel for the future, the ability to imagine a better city, and capable of working with a good deal of independence to join our campaign to acquire and develop the .nyc TLD.

A few of the areas where we can use help are governance (TLD oversight, not-for-profit board structuring ), marketing (strategic plan, materials design), media creation ( web design, video, database, newsletter), law (Internet, NYS, NTIA, contracts, domain name allocation plan, dispute resolution policy), finance, community organizing, and network design. Send indications of interest to Thomas Lowenhaupt. (Creative Commons picture courtesy of Jeff Lerner.)

Learn more about our overall effort from our Wiki Pages

Filed December 17th, 2007 under Interns, Volunteers, Education

institute-for-sustainable-cities-cuny.bmpThe Journal of Urban Technology and two CUNY Institutes, the Institute for Urban Systems and the Institute for Sustainable Cities, co-sponsoring a presentation by the Canadian scholar, Anthony Perl, the guest editor of JUT’s issue on “Cities, Energy, and the Post-Oil Paradigm.” Beyond a civic interest in energy and the future of our city, Acting Director Thomas Lowenhaupt attended the presentation to recruit a developer of the “ TLD’s Role in Creating a Sustainable City” paper. See here for an update on that effort.

One of the presenters, Richard Gilbert, spoke on how Hamilton, Ontario had adopted a plan making energy the center of its land use planning process. (See the 7 land use planning principles in the Hamilton Plan.)

This raises the question of a TLDs role in land use. While its role in providing geographic names - boroughs, neighborhoods, civic organizations, etc. - is apparent, the intersection of names, land use planning, and sustainability opens a new area for exploration in the forthcoming Sustainability paper.

Filed December 8th, 2007 under Sustainable Cities


New York - On Friday, November 30, 2007 Inc.’s founder Thomas Lowenhaupt returned to his alma mater, NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, to present the case for the .nyc TLD.

He first reviewed the basics of city governance and top level domains (TLDs) then detailed the negative impacts that have resulted from cities having been omitted from the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).

After reviewing the “easy” ways a .nyc TLD could favorably impact the city - good names, a directory, and a more intuitive city - he discussed the economic and quality of life improvements that can be achieved using community networking tools. He invited the audience to imagine a more connected city, where local opportunities and concerns are identified, solutions considered, decisions made, and solutions implemented using networking features offered within a .nyc TLD.

He urged everyone to explore these opportunities in the project wiki’s Development and Identity sections, and invited volunteers or interns to join and support the Campaign for .nyc.

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Filed December 3rd, 2007 under ITP, Interns, Volunteers, Presentation