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Toward a .nyc Domain Name Allocation Tool Hackathon

From: Tom L.
Sent on: Friday, August 12, 2011 11:30 AM

We're getting closer to the day when .nyc domain names are going to be allocated. And it would be great if the public could participate in in the decision making process on domain name allocation. For example: Who gets the news.nyc, sports.nyc and weather.nyc domain names? What about hotels.nyc, dogs.nyc, and slingshots.nyc? Who makes the decision?

We want to open the decision making process and we're looking to create an opinion tool that empowers New Yorkers to voice their views on domain name allocation.  As a start we're sponsoring a Google+ Hangout on Thursday the 18th - from 10-11 AM to discuss the prospects and hopefully process for getting started on creating such a opinion tool. We think a Hackathon might be the way to kick start this. We'll be discussing what's out there now that works like this, and if there open source code we can use ... Your thoughts via email of next Thursday's Hangout are most welcome.

Next Thursday's discussion will center on how we start a hackathon for a domain name sorter. Here's a first sketch of how it might work:

Domain Name Sorter

First. Do you want to enter a .nyc domain name or be served names and judge them? Select Enter A Name or Served A Name.

   Enter A Name

Step 1. Enter a .nyc domain name, (for example news.nyc):   ____________.nyc

Step 2. How should this name be allocated:

A. Auctioned to highest bidder

B. Auctioned to highest qualified bidder (Qualified = contractual obligations for serving the public interest)

C. Issued to a lottery winner

D. Issued to a lottery winner (With contractual public service obligations)

E. It should serve as the basis for a portal

F. Enter comments on this name:

Step 3. See what others thought about this name.

Step 4. Enter another .nyc domain name:  ____________.nyc

   Served A Name

Step 1. View a random .nyc domain name, (for example news.nyc) and guide its future. CLICK HERE TO START

Step 2. How should this name be allocated:

A. Auctioned to highest bidder

B. Auctioned to highest qualified bidder (Qualified = contractual obligations for serving the public interest)

C. Issued to a lottery winner

D. Issued to a lottery winner (With contractual public service obligations)

F. Don't care who get's this one.

G. Enter comment on this name:

Step 3. See what others thought about this name.

Step 4. Want to judge another name another .nyc domain name? CLICK HERE FOR ANOTHER   

Your thoughts will be most appreciated.

And think about joining us at our next Google+ Hangout to help decide on the pieces to this opinion toolbox and how we get it constructed. You can RSVP at our meetup site or just show up (and hope there's space).

Best,

Tom Lowenhaupt

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Thomas Lowenhaupt, Founder & Chair Connecting.nyc Inc.   [address removed] - Jackson Hts., NYC 11372 -[masked] - Web - Wiki - Blog

P.S. The Google+ Hangout limit is 10 tickets, so click in early. If you're new to G+ show up 5 minutes early and we'll provide an operational runthrough. If you can't make it or you're not using G+, the event will be recorded for posting on YouTube.

Join us at the Google+ Hangout Thursday from 10 -11 AM. RSVP at our meetup site.

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