Jackson Hts., New York, January 23, 2012 - Wink the Penguin is back. After mysteriously vanishing in January 2009, Wink is back atop the boulder on which he stood for 14 years at the intersection of 75th Street and 37th Road, in the Jackson Hts. neighborhood of New York City - home of our corporate HQ.

A global search and retrieve effort by local residents, civic groups, and the Linux community is credited with the return. However, the entire episode remains a mystery: the perpetrators of the chicknapping, his location during the interregnum, and the time and means of his re-installation remain unknowns.

Locally, the search included officials at the Police, Parks, and Transportation Departments, and then Council Member Helen Sears. (See search results.) Others with local and global connections were brought in to help secure Wink’s return. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG), the premier local civic organization, when appraised of the apparent chicknapping, plastered the neighborhood with fliers requesting help.

Additionally we reached out to the Linux community, developers of the Linux operating system, with Tux Linux-Tux-small.JPG the  penguin its mascot, asking that they monitor online channels to help resolve Wink’s whereabouts. The basis for Wink’s return remains a mystery - local posters, global internet, or perhaps Wink just wanted to explore the city - but when Wink returned in February 2010, we and the entire Jackson Hts. neighborhood rejoiced and offered thanks to all who helped enable his return.

Recently, in the bitter cold of a snowy January day, a local resident adorned the neighborhood’s beloved Wink in a custom knitted red and white hat and scarf. The photo at right shows Ed Westly, president of the JHGB, with Wink safely back atop his boulder and in his new garb. (Commons photo courtesy the CnI Library. More on Wink.) 

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King-Charles-II.jpgJackson Hts., New York, January 16, 2012 - When King Charles II and the Duke of York (later to be King James II) granted the land west of the Hudson to two loyal friends, they established the Hudson River as the boundary between New York and New Jersey. This legacy from the colonial era continues to plague our region with infrastructure, environment, and business planning taking place within myopic “state” views. The most recent instance of this, according to the New York Times, arose when New Jersey officials tried to lure the Fresh Direct from Queens to Jersey City with a $100 million package of tax breaks, land, and other subsidies.

Since 1921 the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has administered many common harbor and development interests – bridges, tunnels, rail, water, air, and teleports. But strategic planners declare that if the region is to grow and maintain its role in an increasingly globalized market, it must solve regional integration problems caused by the colonial era action.

A regional TLD provides an opportunity to begin repairing the damage of 1665. Our Regional Consolidation wiki page looks at this, as does the scenario raised in our dotNeighborhoods initiative about handling the domain name.

Around the globe, especially in Canada and Europe, cities are far ahead of the U.S. in creating regional entities. Let’s make the most of this digital opportunity. (Commons image of King Charles II, from Wikipedia.) 

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Jackson Hts., New York, January 12, 2012 - Urbanflow, a Finish joint effort with Nordkapp, envisions an operating system for cities. The scenario explored in the 5 minute video revolves around situated urban screens and their potential uses (right). Worth a look. It concludes with “It’s going to happen somewhere, let’s make it happen here” with the “here” being Helsinki.

This is something that should be an integral part of a city-TLD’s development process. But few in the traditional registry-registrar industry that controls the ICANN environment have an inkling as to the potentials, with the possible exception of the Swiss registrar CORE. The industry’s business model, more names = more money, skews creative thinking about urban TLDs.

But with the rise of the Internet of Things and growing awareness of the value of trusted TLDs to decision-making machines like IBM’s Watson, some cities are beginning to look into the possibilities of city-TLDs as the platform. Here in New York we have the initiative of Pachube (meeting tonight!) that offers hope for the home team.

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The-New-York-Times-T.jpgJackson Hts., New York, January 1, 2012 - When I first read the New York Times’ Christmas Day editorial calling for a pilot project in place of ICANN’s current one-size-fits-all new TLD plan, I saw the perfect opportunity to present our proposal for a step-by-step introduction of TLDs: cities first, then corporations, and finally the problematic generic TLDs - .art., .sports, .news etc. Read it here.

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