money.jpg New York, April 5, 2010 - Anil Dash made a presentation at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) last Friday from which I fashioned this post’s title. Anil’s (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) presentation described  the game development effort he leads at, a venture of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   

I’ve been interested in making the governance process more “game-ish” for nearly a decade - ever since we invited Community District 3’s 200,000 residents to our feature-rich website in 2001 and no one came. (Or more precisely, there was minuscule use of its interactive features.) I concluded then that only when more “fun” was built into the governance process could we expect to compete with the richness of life’s other offerings and engage more residents in public sector activities. So Anhil’s title had me running to the ITP.

The project he outlined would broadcast technical or policy questions to the masses using Twitter, with games to be developed - by the likes of the smarties at ITP - to consolidate / appraise / rate the responses. It’s an interesting idea, and with the right interface, filters and manipulation gadgets, “players” might become engaged, follow up, and create civic value. We’ll follow this closely.

Last year we discussed the features and advantages a game-friendly .nyc TLD platform might offer, but barely moved the ball up field. Today we throw the dice and reach out for players to help write the rules that will make our virgin .nyc TLD into a gaming platform. First up on April 27 is a preliminary planning session on SecondLife’s  Democracy Island, with a kickoff face2face during the May 24-27 Games for Change Festival.

For details on the scheduling and substance of those meetings, see our Games and the .nyc TLD wiki page.

Learn more about our overall effort from our Wiki Home Page.

Filed April 6th, 2010 under ITP, Innovation, games, Governance


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.

Learn more about our overall effort from our Wiki Pages

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