igf-kenya.jpgJackson Hts., New York, September 24, 2011 - Connecting.nyc Inc.’s Thomas Lowenhaupt presented a paper to the Mapping Internet Governance panel at the 2011 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya. The panel met on Wednesday, September 28th. The other panelists were:

  • Andrea Glorioso: Coordinator of the Internet Governance team at the European Commission - Directorate-General Information Society and Media [EU].
  • Jeremy Malcolm: Consumers International, Kuala Lumpur Office for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
  • Sheba Mohammid: ICT Policy Specialist in Trinidad and Tobago, focusing on Digital Inclusion in Small Island Developing States.
  • Bitange Ndemo: Permanent Secretary in The Ministry for Information And Communications, Republic of Kenya.
  • Douglas Onyango: CTO, Lake Victoria IT & Bio-tech Park (LAVIT), Kampala (Uganda); AfriNIC, IANA, EA-IGF, ISOC.
  • David Souter: Managing Director, ict Development Associates; author of http://www.apc.org/en/pubs/books/mapping-internet-public-policy ; Visiting Professor in Communications Management, Business School, University of Strathclyde; Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics; Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

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Jackson Hts., New York, September 23, 2011 - London & Partners, the city’s official promotional agency, announced yesterday that it is working with the Mayor of London in a process that’s expected to end with the acquisition of the .london TLD. During the initial analysis phase, London & Partners will:

  • Identify the benefits .London could bring to London
  • Analyze operational, funding and revenue models
  • Consult with London boroughs and city services, brands and commercial organizations regarding the uses of second-level dot London domains
  • Engage with community and potential customer groups

“The Mayor of London is keen to see a greater use of the digital world to deliver more effective public services for the city, and sees this as a potential opportunity to build on London’s position as a global centre for digital innovation.” stated a London & Partners press release.

Connecting.nyc Inc.’s director, Thomas Lowenhaupt commented that “It looks like a promising start. We will be contacting London & Partners to offer our resources and to encourage them to collaborate with other global cities on developing standards and best practices.”

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Filed September 24th, 2011 under .london, City-TLDs

Hangout-Mike-Palage-and-5-others.JPGThe Net, September 9, 2011 -  We convened our usual 10-11 AM Thursday meeting using Google+’s new Hangout feature yesterday. The question of the day was: “Whose TLD Is It: the City of New York, the State of New York, or the “Internet Community”? The answer is quite complicated if you consider that there are several options for New York’s TLD: .newyork, .newyorkcity, or the presumed .nyc, with the city, state, and “Internet Community” having more or less rights or power to claim each.

The meeting was convened and moderated by Connecting.nyc Inc.’s Thomas Lowenhaupt. Others attending were Seth Johnson, a New York based information quality specialist and policy advocate, Joly MacFie, V.P. Internet Society-NY, the day’s expert guest, Michael Palage, attorney and former member of the ICANN’s board of directors, and Robert Pollard, founder of Information Habitat: Where Information Lives, a United Nations NGO. 

The complexity of the situation was hinted at by the number of entities with a role in defining New York’s TLD usage and suitability: the City of New York, the State of New York, ICANN, IANA, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NTIA.

At meeting’s end Mike Palage noted that at the conclusion of the June 2010 ICANN meeting that approved the new TLD process, the rising comment was that its passage represented “the end of the beginning.” Indeed.

Joly MacFie captured and published a video of the event, and there’s a wiki page presenting the salient points. (Commons photo courtesy of Patti Shubitz.)

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Filed September 9th, 2011 under City Council, Neighborhoods, City-TLDs, NTIA, .berlin, .paris, ICANN