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Jackson Hts., New York, August 23, 2013 - The Bloomberg Administration’s .NYC Advisory Board held it’s second meeting in City Hall’s Outer Ceremonial Room on August 14th. A meeting report was released today by board member Thomas Lowenhaupt - see it here.

The good news is that the Advisory Board has been expanded with 3 new members appointed to represent the city’s small businesses and Business Improvement Districts. Other good news is that an ICANN initiated a “Name Collision” study that might delay the implementation of the .nyc TLD for several months. You’re probably asking “Is a delay good news?”

With several problems remaining, it is. Consider this one. Trademark interests are pushing to the head of the line, demanding that they get first dibs on picking .nyc domain names. By some counts there are 25,000,000 trademarks globally, many of which collide with our civic interests. For example: police is a trademark for an insect repellant. Corona and Rugby are beer and clothes trademarks as well as neighborhood names. And mayor.nyc could go to the cigar manufacture holding the “mayor” trademark in the tobacco category. Some trademark proponents are even fighting a suggestion that a 100 domain names be set aside for civic purposes.

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But the most critical unresolved issue relates to establishing an effective Nexus Policy. Nexus defines who is a New Yorker and entitled to use .nyc names, and the current policy has an enforcement crack in it that might enable tens of thousands of squatters, spammers, phishers and other Internet undesirables to slip through.

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Jackson Hts, New York, August 22, 2013 - New York City has 13,237 yellow taxicabs. Each has a unique medallion using the numbering sequence 1A01, 1A02…1A99, 2A01… 2A99, etc. In Taxi! Taxi! we compare the impact of developing “TAXI” as second level vs. third level domain name and explore that decision’s impact on the public, the industry, and the goal of an intuitive city.

The TAXI domain name-set provides a good example of the impact of using 3rd Level domain names rather than the typical 2nd level names.

   Medallion #        2nd Level                     3rd Level         

  1A01  1A01.nyc  1A01.taxi.nyc
  1A02  1A02.nyc  1A02.taxi.nyc
  1A03  1A03.nyc  1A03.taxi.nyc
  1A99  1A99.nyc  1A99.taxi.nyc
  1B01  1B01.nyc  1B01.taxi.nyc

 

We’ve presented elsewhere on the advantages to a broadly based 3rd level system like that used with the United Kingdom’s .uk TLD. Two of them are discussed in Taxi! Taxi! First, the goal of an intuitive city is fostered by using “TAXI” as part of every the taxi domain name: 1A01.taxi.nyc announces that this is the name of a TAXI, while the cryptic 1A01.nyc doesn’t. Also discussed is the economic development advantage of creating local jobs and keeping domain name registration revenue in the city.

See the more detailed presentation on our Taxi! Taxi! wiki pageImage courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

    Learn more about The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.

      Filed August 22nd, 2013 under Internet of Things, Domain Name, Civics

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      Jackson Hts., New York City, August 2, 2013 - Enter any retail store in New York City and you’ll see a number of signs posted, like the one at right, that are intended to provide assurance and recourse should something go wrong. Depending upon the activities being undertaken in the store, these might reference a variety of Federal, State, and City agencies. The existence of these posting requirements reflects the city’s long experience with possible abuses.

      We just created a new wiki page exploring the creation of digital “Trust Buttons” for websites that use a .nyc domain name. Like their paper predecessors, these would provide avenues for recourse and the building of trust in the city’s products, services, institutions, and its people. See the Trust Buttons wiki page.

      Learn more about The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.

      Filed August 2nd, 2013 under Uncategorized

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