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March 23 dotNeighborhoods meeting and general .nyc update

From: Tom L.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:55 PM
We?ve been making progress on our dotNeighborhoods initiative and will meet on March 23, 6:30 PM at the Neighborhood Preservation Center ? 232 East 11th Street - to adopt a *dotNeighborhoods Proclamation* as a guide for an independent oversight entity for the city?s neighborhood domain names. We?ve a draft of the Proclamation on the wiki and the latest iteration at the end of this email. Your thoughts welcome. (RSVP if you?re going to show on the 23rd.)


The ICANN ? As this email goes out, the ICANN - the entity that will issue the .nyc TLD - is meeting in Nairobi and our Director and COO are remotely attending the meeting from the Reston, Virginia gateway. In Nairobi ICANN is expected to approve an Expressions of Interest process that is expected to speed the TLD issuance process. The best estimate is that ICANN authorizes .nyc in 2011 and names become active in 2012.

City of New York ? The city?s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) assumed the role of the city?s governing authority and issued a request for proposals to assist it with acquiring the .nyc TLD. We were delighted that DoITT?s request recognized our concept of a community TLD, for example, it required that proposals reserve the neighborhood names. However?

?the RFP required that we submit two detailed, separate, and complete proposals: with one explaining how we would run .nyc following the Standard Model ? like .com, .info and .net. As we see the city?s adopting the Standard Model as disastrous to the city?s long term social and economic order, we could not in good faith submit a proposal. We were prepared to submit a joint proposal with one operator of a .com-like TLD operator, however, as the submission deadline approached we were told that their strategy was to submit a weak Community Plan. Inc. ? We keep listening to the public, thinking, and working toward a TLD that?s digital infrastructure ? the Grid for the Digital City. We meet, we talk, we publish that this might be something that an integral part of the city?s operation for 50 or more years ? let?s be cautious with this precious resource, and let?s be bold in imagining our digital future.

R E C E N T B I T . L Y S

The following short domain names link to our most recent activities.

* dotNeighborhoods Home Page -
* Hunter College Urban Affairs Executive Summary of its Case Study of dotNeighborhoods -
* Cyber Land Use Plan -
* Issue-Communities proposal submitted to Knight Foundation -
* Our May 2009 response to DoITT about the importance of a city-TLD -
* ? A tongue-in-cheek proposal making the point about the utility of universal tagging system. -

C A L E N D A R will be represented or presenting at the following:

March 8 ? Digital Inclusion Summit at Newseum on National Broadband Plan (in D.C.)
March 17 ? Presentation to the Four Borough Preservation Society
March 23 ? dotNeighborhoods meeting at Neighborhood Preservation Society.
April 28 ? Internet Society Regional meeting in Washington D.C.
June 23-27 - Brussels ? ICANN meeting
Hope to see you at the dotNeighborhoods meeting on the 23.


Tom Lowenhaupt

Thomas Lowenhaupt, Founder & Chair Inc.

[address removed]
Jackson Hts., NYC 11372
Web Wiki Blog

draft - dotNeighborhoods Proclamation - draft

??New York City?s neighborhoods are latent civic resources. Every New Yorker can name the neighborhood in which they live and describe some of its features. But without good local communication channels, neighborhoods remain little more than identity statements and factors in housing costs.

The arrival of the .nyc Top Level Domain can change that by creating a digital grid of informed and connected neighborhoods with names like,,,,,, etc.

We can make these "dotNeighborhoods" the center of local civic affairs by empowering them with advanced information and communication technologies. Transformed, these embryonic entities can support the formation of robust neighborhoods that provide the basis for a stronger New York City.

The City Planning Commission publishes a list of 305 neighborhoods on its website. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) identified these names as resources to be set aside in an October 5, 2009 Request for Proposals. We support this action and urge the following steps be taken to enable their fruitful development.

? A Trust for dotNeighborhoods should be created as a not-for-profit corporation.

? That the Trust have representatives of the city's social and economic diversity on its governance body.

? That the Trust dedicate itself to the development digital resources that support neighborhoods with effective publishing, communication, engagement, organizing, and development tools.

? That the Trust consult with the City Council, the City Planning Commission, Community Boards, and the public and prepare a comprehensive listing of all extant neighborhoods.

? That these neighborhood names be reserved for their respective dotNeighborhoods.

? That the Trust establish standards for local entities that are to be granted oversight of their dotNeighborhood domain names.

? That content standards be set that guide and set a minimum for communication and information needs of the neighborhoods they serve.

? That technology standards be set for these dotNeighborhoods that assures information sharing between neighborhoods and the broader Internet community.

? That dotNeighborhood names be issued to responsible and representative governance entities that agree to oversee their operation as local information and communication resources abiding by standards established by the dotNeighborhoods Trust.

? That the Trust establish accountability standards to assure compliance with agreed upon content and technology standards.

? That the Trust assures the viability of dotNeighborhood websites through the creation of a city-wide revenue sharing mechanism.

See wiki for the latest more?

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