ISOC-NY Public Forum – Connecting .nyc – May 21

dot nyc logoISOC-NY will host a public forum this coming Wednesday on the topic ‘Connecting.nyc’. Tom Lowenhaupt will give a briefing on the longstanding campaign to bring about a .nyc top-level domain which finally, with Paris and Berlin also on similar paths, looks to be a practical reality.

This is an important and vital issue for New York City’s global identity. As Tom goes off to make his case at the ICANN meet in Paris next month let’s show him that he has the people’s support!

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Location: Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave (@9th St) New York NY

When the Internet’s designers planned its domain name
system, they allocated .com for commercial enterprises,
.edu for schools, .org for not-for-profits, .net for
networks, .gov for government, .mil for the military, and
200+ names like .uk, .ru, .de, and .us for nation-states.
But they didn’t provide such top level domain names
(commonly called TLDs) for cities.

In 2009 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) plans to fill this lacuna by issuing city
TLDs for the first time. The Connecting.nyc presentation
will describe the origin of a grassroots New York City
effort to acquire the .nyc TLD and how it plans to be at
the front of the line for city TLDs alongside .paris and
.berlin.

Thomas Lowenhaupt, founding director of Connecting.nyc Inc,
a New York not-for-profit created to acquire and develop
the .nyc TLD, will describe the many opportunities .nyc
will provide for small businesses, community organizations,
issue identification, civic discussion, and more.

More info: http://connectingnyc.org

About Tom Lowenhaupt:

Thomas Lowenhaupt has served in technology policy and
development positions for 30 years. From 1992-2006 he was a
member of New York City’s Queens Community Board 3 where he
introduced an Internet Empowerment Resolution calling for
the acquisition of the .nyc TLD. In April 2007 he formed
Connection.nyc Inc. to acquire and a TLD for New York
City’s residents and their organizations. Thomas received a
BA in government studies from Queens College (CUNY) and a
masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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