October 21, 2008, New York - ­dotnyc-logo-3-11-07.jpgThe Internet’s first decade­ in New York City was marred by a diaspora of its digital resources. With cities barred from the Internet’s Domain Name System, residents needing a name for a business, civic cause, or creative project had to settle for a .com, .net, .org, .tv or one of 200 other Top Level Domains (TLDs). As a consequence, New York City’s intellectual property was scattered by a  globalizing Internet, with the city’s traditional role as meeting place for sharing ideas and goods diminished.

But the long work of the NYonist community (rhymes with zionist) - those advocating for a homeland for their city’s digital resources - will  bare fruit in 2010 when the ICANN, the entity authorized by the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue new TLDs, is expected to authorize .nyc for use by city residents and organizations.

The latest step toward creating our city’s digital homeland happened last Friday (October 17) when the City Council’s Technology in Government Committee, chaired by Council Member Gale Brewer, held a hearing on Resolution #1495, calling for the acquisition and development of the .nyc TLD. All council members attending the hearing indicated support for the Resolution, with details on its final passage being worked out.

NYonism traces its birth to April 19, 2001 when Queens Community Board 3 passed its Internet Empowerment Resolution calling for the .nyc TLD’s acquisition and development. It took the ICANN 7 years to adopt a policy enabling cities to have TLDs, with that policy step finalized on June 25th. And with the city council’s impending approval of Resolution #1495, 2010 will mark .nyc’s arrival. 

While we’d like to sit back and headline “Rejoice, our city’s digital resources will have a homeland in 2010!“, much remains to be done. Like everything else, there’s a right way and a wrong way to develop .nyc. Our wiki’s role is to provide a place for New Yorkers to imagine and plan our TLDs role in these increasingly digital times. Get involved. Wiki your thoughts.

Learn about and contribute to The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.

Filed October 23rd, 2008 under City Council, City-TLDs, Domain Names, Civics

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