Monday, November 26, 2007 - Thomas Lowenhaupt, Inc.’s director, today appeared before the Commission on Public Information & Communication (COPIC), a New York City policy agency with members representing the city council, borough presidents, several mayoral departments, community boards, the public, and the publishing industry, with the Public Advocate, Betsy Gotbaum, serving as chair.

The City Charter says the “commission shall … undertake, by itself, or in cooperation with other entities, activities to educate the public about the availability and potential usefulness of city produced or maintained information … assist the public in obtaining access to such information … review all city information policies … make recommendations regarding the application of new communications technology to improve public access to city produced or maintained information … programming for the municipal cable channels and broadcasting system.”

Mr. Lowenhaupt reviewed’s history and goals and requested an opportunity for a more detailed presentation at a future meeting.

During the Q&A that followed the presentation, Mr. Lowenhaupt noted his organization’s commitment to make the domain name available for city use. Council Member Gale Brewer, Chair of the Technology in Government Committee, and City Council representative on COPIC, made note of the favorable response received during a recent presentation to the city’s IT agency, DoITT.

Why COPIC? COPIC could help make city agencies aware of the opportunities presented by the .nyc TLD and coordinate city government’s plan for using .nyc domain names.

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Filed November 26th, 2007 under COPIC, DoITT, City Agency

igf-brazil-graphic.jpg November 14, 2007, New York - participated on a Broadening the Domain Name Space: Adding TLDs for Cities and Regions panel at the U.N. sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio De Janeiro. The panel first heard about the positive experiences of three recently issued TLDs: .cat (for the Catalonia cultural), .asia (for use in the continent of Asia), and .eu (for use in the European Union).

The focus then turned to prospective TLDs with .nyc leading off the presentations. Panelist Thomas Lowenhaupt reviewed the basis for city-TLDs and recent organizing activities in support of’s application, including a recent favorable meeting with the city’s IT department. He also reiterated his concern, first raised at the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles, that a plethora of applications by Fortune 1000 firms for new TLDs might inundate the ICANN’s small staff and reduce the likelihood of city-TLDs being issued on a timely basis.

Panelist Sebastian Bacholet, appearing on behalf of the .paris TLD, reviewed the internationalization study initiated by developers of the .nyc, .berlin, and .paris TLDs at the ICANN Los Angeles meeting. He provided three instances where second level domain names might be developed in various languages -,, and By way of example, he explained that when in need of health care, German or French speaking visitors to New York City might enter or www.hô in their respective languages and receive pages with the needed information.

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November 2, 2007, New York - I returned from Los Angeles and the ICANN’s 30th global plenary meeting on November 1. It was only the second one I’d attended in-person (the June meeting in San Juan being the first). I’d participated in many of the others via the web.

While my role over the ICANN’s decade of existence has primarily been as an observer or monitor of the ICANN and its processes, my new role as founder and director of Inc., had made it essential that I attend and promote the cause of the .nyc TLD whenever the ICANN’s board members gather. (The next ICANN meeting is in New Delhi in February.)

The news from the LA meeting was mostly good. On the positive side, the Policy Development Process that is to end with the issuance of an RFP for new TLDs (top level domains) moved ahead, with the GNSO (Global Names Supporting Organization) presenting its report to the ICANN board of directors.

But there was some bad news - the new TLD RFP process slipped another six months. Going into the meeting we’d hoped that June 2008 might be the application filing date. Coming home it seemed the earliest we might file our application for .nyc would be December 2008, with the earliest decision on perhaps March 2009.

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Filed November 21st, 2007 under ICANN, Governance

dotnyc-logo-3-11-07.jpgThere are a plethora of advantages that arise with having a city TLD. If you’re a small business person, you might find a good domain name to be the best advantage. If your a prospective visitor, directory pages like or might offer the maximum benefit. The intuitive Internet and the resulting more navigable city might provide residents with the most apparent everyday advantage.

But the real value that arises with the .nyc TLD is a more secure and trustworthy city. We’ve only begun to explore this in our wiki’s identity section, but the heart of our contribution to a greater New York will be found there.

Join us there, or elsewhere on the wiki, to help imagine New York City’s space on the internet and its future.

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Filed November 21st, 2007 under Innovation, Civics, Education