Julia-Burns.JPGSydney, November 23, 2009 - I have been admiring your project and I am looking forward to seeing it grow to Sydney (my hometown). It is great that you have involved so many different parties and individuals from across your city.

­However, I am concerned by the lack of regard for privacy in this project. My understanding is that if one is to open a domain with .nyc, that they will sacrifice their private details to an accessible database (whois). This includes details such as home address, phone number, and private internet activity.

Although I value having a good quality domain name and connections with local residents, my privacy is much more important. ­How can I use .nyc but still protect my private information? What regulations have been set in place regarding privacy? - Julia Burns (Photo of a “twitter performance” by Ms. Burns .) (See our wiki page on privacy and security.)

Filed November 23rd, 2009 under Privacy

cowboys.JPGNew York, November 20, 2009 -The Regional Plan Association and The Open Planning Project sponsored a Participatory Planning Tech Workshop at the offices of TOPP on Friday, November 13. The event was described as follows:

Everyday social computing, mobile technology, and the adoption of web 2.0 approaches by governments have laid the groundwork for far wider citizen involvement in civic life.  Citizens can now be involved earlier on, more frequently, and in more meaningful ways than was ever possible before.  How can these opportunities be leveraged for use in the city planning space?  What are the technologies that will make this possible?  What are the bureaucratic, logistical, or social issues that need to be addressed in considering these ideas?  What tools could we build — today — that would be the most impactful?

Seventy technologists and urban planners attended. Additional information about this first of many meetings on the subject is available from here.

Connecting.nyc made a presentation on the impact the .nyc TLD could have in tagging city resources and creating a programmer-friendly city. That presentation is available for download here. (Photo courtesy Library of Congress.)

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

Filed November 22nd, 2009 under Innovation, City-TLDs, Civics, Governance

Seoul-Thrush-Korean.jpgNew York, November 16, 2009 - The key accomplishment of the ICANN’s Seoul meeting was the approval of the Internationalized Domain Names ccTLD Fast Track application system that will, for the first time, enable non-English speakers across the globe to see Internet addresses completely in their own language - both before and after the dot. Access to the IDN ccTLD Fast Track online application system and all associated materials are now available here.

In the photo at right, Peter Dengate Thrush (left), ICANN Chair, and Connecting.nyc Inc.’s Thomas Lowenhaupt are shown holding a calligraphic presentation of potential Hangul (Korean) IDNs at the ICANN’s 36th Meeting Gala Event held at the National Museum of Korea on October 27, 2009. The top option says New York, the bottom says New York City. In addition to Korean, New York City can one day present itself in local markets around the world in Arabic, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and other scripts.