• Infrastructure

last modified August 20, 2014 by tomlowenhaupt

The thoughtful deployment and operation of the .nyc TLD will result in its being recognized as a bedrock infrastructure for the city's digital age.

Infrastructure the enables
benefits to flow to all


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A million buildings, 8 million residents, billions of things, and quada-trillions of bits of information that must be made accessible if we're to govern our future. To do so we need a digital infrastructure.


What's infrastructure? Wikipedia states that:

Infrastructure can be defined as the basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a society or enterprise, [1] or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function. [2] The term typically refers to the technical structures that support a society, such as roads, water supply, sewers, power grids, telecommunications, and so forth. Viewed functionally, infrastructure facilitates the production of goods and services; for example, roads enable the transport of raw materials to a factory, and also for the distribution of finished products to markets. In some contexts, the term may also include basic social services such as schools and hospitals [3]. In military parlance, the term refers to the buildings and permanent installations necessary for the support, redeployment, and operation of military forces [4].
And in The Intention Economy, Doc Searls tells the story of two networking technologies that vied for acceptance in the 1980s, Token Ring and Ethernet. While many still believe Token Ring the better technology, Ethernet won the contest. Searls explains the outcome using the definition of two prepositions with and because. IBM was the inventor of the Token Ring, and it intended to make money with Token Ring, via sales. While the proponents of Ethernet - Xerox, Intel, and Digital Equipment - wanted to make money because of Ethernet, that is, through the sale of various services that would become viable once Ethernet was everywhere. An infrastructure approach.


Good telecommunications, a well planned Domain Name System, and global coordination are vital to a city's competitive position in an era marked by the Internet's omnipresence.

  • How do we communicate that the value of a well planned TLD is in its facilitating the social and economic growth of the city?
  • What do we measure to determine a TLDs economic efficacy?
  • How do we measure these indicators?

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