UPDATE: See the workshop report.

New York, August 17, 2010 - (Sept. 14 update) Inc. will participate on a City TLD Governance and Best Practices workshop being held at the 5th Internet Governance Forum (IGF)  in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 17.

As the ICANN moves closer to issuing city TLDs, a few cities have publicly shown an interest in their acquisition and development - Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, New York - with several others  in contemplation. But most remain unaware of the economic benefits and improved quality of life a thoughtfully developed city TLD can provide.

To date, the few cities with an announced interest have developed their plans in camera, without public or inter-city consultation. The City TLD workshop was organized to shine a global light on the opportunities provided by the digital infrastructure enabled by city TLDs. It is hoped that the dialog will facilitate information sharing policies and processes that will result in more efficient, governable, and livable cities.

The IGF was created by the United Nations’ Secretary-General to help carry out the World Summit on the Information Society mandate to convene a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on Internet governance.  The workshop was proposed by and developed in consultation with the Internet Governance Caucus and the IGF.

The City TLD Governance and Best Practices workshop will be held in Room 7 of the LITEXPO Center on Friday, September 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM Vilnius time. New Yorkers can participate in the event via a remote connection beginning at 8:30 AM on the 17th. Details on the connection process for Vilnius events will be found here. Inc. will be represented on the workshop by its founding director, Thomas Lowenhaupt. If you have questions or comments for the workshop, email

UPDATE: See the workshop report.

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  1. Tom,

    Is this an indication that we are nearing the finish line on the introduction of City TLDs?


    Comment by Ray Marshall on August 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

  2. I wish it was. But I see it more as recognition that there is a finish line and we should be prepared.



    Comment by Thomas Lowenhaupt on August 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

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