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  • joly 5:00 am on 11/15/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ISOC-NY TV Show 2pm today @mnn59 – @BruceLincoln + @NYC_CTO Miguel A. Gamiño @SiliconHarlem Conference #shfwd17 @nycforward 

    isoc ny tvToday, Wednesday Nov 15 2017, the ISOC-NY TV show highlights two speakers from the recent Silicon Harlem Next-Gen Tech Conference, Silicon Harlem Co-founder Bruce Lincoln talking about the latest in tech developments in Harlem, and NYC CTO Miguel A. Gamiño outlining a broad swath of digital initiatives citywide, including NYC Forward, and NYCx.

    What: ISOC-NY TV Show – Silicon Harlem
    Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
    When: Wednesday Nov 15 2017 2pm-3pm EST | 1900-2000 UTC
    Manhattan Cable: TWC 56 / 1996 | RCN 83 | FiOS 34
    Webcast: http://www.mnn.org/live/2-lifestyle-channel

    • Infostack 2:12 pm on 11/15/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Joly. Just an FYI, the video has Oct 27, 2015 on it. Michael

      • joly 11:54 am on 11/16/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I only saw that when I tuned in myself! Fat finger! I’ll fix it on YouTube, but it will be a new url.

  • joly 11:10 pm on 11/01/2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: nyc, nyc cto, nycx   

    VIDEO: @MiguelGamino announces #NYCx Governors Island Challenge #moonshot at #shfwd17 @nycforward @Gov_Island 

     Governors Island Connectivity ChallengeAt the Silicon Harlem Next-Gen Tech Conference last week, NYC CTO Miguel A. Gamiño announced that his office will promote a series of ‘Moonshot Challenges‘ – Citywide challenges that encourage global entrepreneurs to partner with the City to propose solutions to real-life problems and deliver groundbreaking business models that transform and improve citizens’ lives. The first of these, in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island, is the Governors Island Connectivity Challenge, which seeks to demonstrate affordable ways to deploy high-speed wireless connectivity and identify the key infrastructure elements that enable effective deployment. What if 1 Gbps internet could be installed across 150 acres in less than a week and cost less than $100,000? Finalists will receive $25,000 to showcase their solutions on Governors Island, a microcosm for larger islands globally like Manhattan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The winner will address the needs of the visitors of today and the multi-use tenants of tomorrow, while demonstrating their ability to mitigate risks associated with climate change, such as high winds, potential flooding, and storm surges. Video of the announcement is below.

    Download: video | captions | transcript

  • joly 4:37 pm on 02/10/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    New York Internet Society Urges Public Hearing on Renewal of .nyc TLD Contract #dotnyc #newgtlds 


    New York Internet Society Urges Public Hearing on Renewal of .nyc TLD Contract

    The Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY)  is concerned about the future of the .nyc Top Level Domain (TLD). At its January 31, 2017 meeting, the Chapter passed the following resolution:

    “The Internet Society’s New York Chapter urges the city of New York to provide robust outreach and engagement opportunities for the city’s Internet stakeholder community prior to renewing the contract that will guide the operation of the .nyc TLD registry for the next 5 years.”

    A letter (pdf)  has been sent by ISOC-NY President Joly MacFie to Mayor DiBlasio, Public Advocate Letitia James, and other City officials, demanding a public consultation before the .nyc contract is renewed. 

    Borough President Gale Brewer deserves much credit for, as Chair of the City Council’s Technology Committee back in 2008, initiating a public process to manage the acquisition of the .nyc TLD, and continuing to champion it. However, in 2012, as the ICANN deadline approached,  the Bloomberg administration rushed through a contract with minimal public participation. As a sop, when .nyc finally launched in 2014, a ‘Community Advisory Board’ was named. But it was never given any teeth, and it was eventually disbanded.  Nevertheless community pressure had been sufficient to a) ensure neighborhood names were reserved, and b) institute a robust nexus policy. – i.e. only New York City denizens could register domains.

    In 2015-2016 the DeBlasio regime, to its credit, made some moves to roll out the neighborhood names, including model websites based on NYC open data. Sadly, these efforts appear to be flagging of late. Meanwhile the contractor Neustar is doing it’s best to recoup its investment by auctioning off ‘premium’ names to the highest bidder. Our research shows that many of these names are just being ‘parked’ by speculators rather than providing a real service to New Yorkers.

    Today, in New York City, no direct channels exist to enable our city’s Internet community to participate in shaping the future of this important and vital aspect of the City’s identity. In the wider world it has become accepted practice that Internet Governance succeeds via the multistakeholder governance process. As the initial 5 year operating contract comes to an end, it is vital that the city’s Internet stakeholders  – businesses, government, civic organizations, academia, individual Internet users, and residents – be provided with an opportunity to comment on the quality of service provided under the original 5 year term, and voice their hopes and expectations for .nyc’s operation in the coming years.

    In our call for public engagement in a contract review, we’d like to hear community input on issues such as:

    • Should there be a ‘use it or lose it’ policy, especially as applied to premium names?
    • Currently the public has the right to report nexus or whois violations, should they be able to report other abuses?
    • Neustar is being bought. Should the contract be renegotiated? Or put out to competitive bid?
    • How can the neighborhood and other reserved names be used to be improve civic life?
    • Should a portion of the name sales income be dedicated to support those efforts?
    • Can we get clear reporting on just how much money is changing hands?
    • Should there be some proxy system that protects the privacy of individual registrants, while preserving nexus?
    • How can .nyc be integrated into the future Internet of Things and Smart City functions to give them better public accessibility?
    • How do we make nexus enforcement efforts more transparent?
    • How can the .nyc tld best serve immigrant communities, especially those with limited language skills?
    • How can the .nyc tld best serve as a living repository of City communal knowledge/memory?
    • And more!

    Only a robust public discussion can ensure that the interests of New York City, and its people, are best served.

    Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) is one of more than 100 Internet Society Chapters around the world. Founded in 1997 ISOC-NY’s mission to assure the beneficial, open evolution of the global Internet, and to promote local initiatives and maximize the societal benefits which the Internet can bring to the New York community. http://isoc-ny.org

    The .nyc Top Level Domain or TLD is like .com, .org, .edu, and .gov but just for use by New York City’s residents and organizations. The city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication oversees its operation, via its contractor, Neustar Inc. http://ownit.nyc

    Follow-up questions may be addressed to Joly MacFie, President of the New York Internet Society via president@isoc-ny.org, (218) 565 9365 or subject matter expert Thomas Lowenhaupt at Tom@connecting.nyc.

    • Tom Lowenhaupt 1:53 pm on 02/11/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Let me try to put a city-TLD, e.g., the .nyc TLD, into perspective by quoting Lewis Mumford who said in “The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects”

      “Through its concentration of physical and cultural power, the city heightened the tempo of human intercourse and translated its products into forms that could be stored and reproduced. Through its monuments, written records, and orderly habits of association, the city enlarged the scope of all human activities, extending them backwards and forwards in time. By means of its storage facilities (buildings, vaults, archives, monuments, tablets, books [and TLD], the city became capable of transmitting a complex culture from generation to generation, for it marshaled together not only the physical means but the human agents needed to pass on and enlarge this heritage. That remains the greatest of the city’s gifts. As compared with the complex human order of the city, our present ingenious electronic mechanisms for storing and transmitting information are crude and limited.”

      I added the TLD mid-quote, but it seems obvious Louis would have amended his thought were he alive.

      A city-TLD is infrastructure. Let’s press our leaders to that understanding.


      Tom Lowenhaupt, Secretary, ISOC-NY

      P.S. For more on this see http://connecting.nyc.

  • joly 4:32 pm on 01/12/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    MEETUP/WEBCAST TODAY: Premier Presentation of JacksonHeights.nyc @dotnyc @newvisionsdems 

    livestreanConnecting.nyc Inc.’s founding director Tom Lowenhaupt will present an overview of his organization’s development plans for the JacksonHeights.nyc domain on Thursday, January 12, at 8 PM. The presentation will be made at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, 37-06 77th St., a short walk from the Roosevelt Avenue – Jackson Heights subway stop on the E, F, M, and R trains, and the 7 train’s 74th Street station. The occasion will be the regular monthly meeting of the New Visions Democratic Club. All are welcome to this free event.

    Tom’s presentation will begin with a description of the .nyc TLD and the city’s hopes for its neighborhood names licensing program. Then, after a project history and timeline, he’ll describe the system’s initial features – a neighborhood resource directory and common calendar – and the ways neighbors and organizations may join in developing and using them. He’ll then speak of the long term potential as social and civic features are developed and introduced.

    He’ll conclude with a discussion of the ways existing neighborhood organizations might benefit, and of the plans to transition control of the endeavor from Connecting.nyc to neighborhood residents.

    RSVP HERE to attend in person.

    WATCH ON LIVESTREAM: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/jacksonheights/

  • joly 9:45 am on 01/10/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    MEETUP THURS: Premier Presentation of JacksonHeights.nyc @dotnyc 

    Connecting.nyc Inc.’s founding director Tom Lowenhaupt will present an overview of his organization’s development plans for the JacksonHeights.nyc domain on Thursday, January 12, at 8 PM. The presentation will be made at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, 37-06 77th St. (map), a short walk from the Roosevelt Avenue – Jackson Heights subway stop on the E, F, M, and R trains, and the 7 train’s 74th Street station. The occasion will be the regular monthly meeting of the New Visions Democratic Club. All are welcome to this free event.

    Tom’s presentation will begin with a description of the .nyc TLD and the city’s hopes for its neighborhood names licensing program. Then, after a project history and timeline, he’ll describe the system’s initial features – a neighborhood resource directory and common calendar – and the ways neighbors and organizations may join in developing and using them. He’ll then speak of the long term potential as social and civic features are developed and introduced.

    He’ll conclude with a discussion of the ways existing neighborhood organizations might benefit, and of the plans to transition control of the endeavor from Connecting.nyc to neighborhood residents.

  • joly 3:43 pm on 11/17/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    MEETUP SAT: @nycforward NYC Connected: #Broadband Data Dig @BKLYNlibrary 

    Connected NYOn Saturday November 19 2016 the New York Mayor’s Office will host NYC Connected: Broadband Data Dig at Brooklyn Public Library. The public are invited to use available open data to develop insights into the current state of broadband in New York City, identify the effects of existing inequities and recommend ways to measure progress towards universal broadband. Specifically, 1) What public data related to broadband should the City use to inform policymaking and track progress, and how should the City analyze the data? 2) What factors and effects correlate to varying levels of broadband availability or broadband adoption? 3) What City assets or other resources can be used most effectively to address broadband inequities? The winning analyses will have the opportunity to pitch their “data digs” and recommendations to City officials including Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki, Chief Analytics Officer; Joshua Breitbart, Senior Advisor for Broadband in the Mayor’s Office; and Alphonso Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner for Telecommunications Planning at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).

    What: NYC Connected: Broadband Data Dig
    Where: Brooklyn Public Library
    When: Saturday, November 19, 2016 9am-6pm
    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-connected-broadband-data-dig-tickets-28750933817
    Press Release: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/forward/news/press-release-broadband-data.page

  • joly 3:53 am on 10/13/2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: de-cix, , , nyc, , Shrihari Pandit   

    WEBCAST TODAY: DE-CIX Summit New York #decix #nynog #ixp 

    livestreamToday, Thursday 13 October 2016, DE-CIX will present DE-CIX Summit New York. This 21st anniversary DE-CIX Summit, which takes place simultaneously in NYC, Munich, and Istanbul, will focus on the latest developments in internetworking. In addition to a keynote from Hunter Newby, the NYC event includes presentations and panels featuring leading local Internet infrastructure movers and shakers: Cliff Kane (CEO, Cleareon); Shrihari Pandit (CEO, Stealth Communications); Ray La Chance (CEO, ZenFi); Monica Link (Editor, New York City Wired); Frank Orlowski (Console); Christian Koch (Co-Founder, NYNOG); Tony Rossabi (Managing Director, Colocation and Connectivity, Digital Realty); Phil Koblence (NYI); Ivo Ivanov (Executive Board, DE-CIX); Ilissa Miller (CEO, iMiller Public Relations). The New York Summit will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

    What: DE-CIX Summit New York
    Where: CBRE, New York
    When: Thursday 13 October 2016 09:30-12:30 EDT | 13:30-16:30 UTC
    Agenda: http://customersummit.net/summit-new-york/agenda/
    Webcast: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/de-cix/
    Twitter: #DECIXNYC

  • joly 2:11 am on 12/28/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    dot nycOn December 2 2015 the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and the Coalition for Queens presented the first of a series of citywide seminars where interested parties are invited to steward the reserved neighborhood 2nd level domains in .nyc. Introduced by Melva Miller, Deputry Borough President, Queens, and presented by Margie Weinstein, Strategy and Innovation Fellow, Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, the seminar included plenty of lively discussion with Queens community leaders. Video is below:

    View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yH0clLwPEfo

  • joly 6:36 am on 09/16/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    CityLimits.org article on creating a civic commons using the .nyc TLD #dotnyc 

    dot nycISOC-NY Member Tom Lowenhaupt writes:

    Fellow members,

    An article of mine was published by CityLimits.org on Tuesday (their focus “In-depth reporting on New York City”). See it at http://citylimits.org/2015/09/14/city-must-use-nyc-to-create-a-real-civic-commons/.

    It’s about using our city’s new digital infrastructure to improve democracy in our city. If you think it a worthwhile idea, please email the mayor. (It’s a 10 minute read.)

    Here’s the concluding charge to Mayor deBlasio:

    Here’s what needs to happen: City Hall must reopen public access to .nyc’s planning and development processes. It should adopt a multi-stakeholder governance model and engage academia, business, civic society, government, residents and the technical community in an open and transparent planning process. This should be followed by the following:

    • Autonomy: City Hall must not micromanage the commons. While the operating contract with ICANN (the global entity that awarded .nyc to city hall) puts ultimate responsibility of .nyc in City Hall, the stakeholder communities for the various spaces (domain names) must have rulemaking and management authority, within our system of laws. Few will trust a search.nyc if it’s operated by City Hall.
    • Engagement: All New Yorkers should be invited into the planning processes. A supportive organizational structure and staff should empower meaningful participation.
    • Promotion: Getting the word out in New York City can be an enormously expensive and difficult proposition. Success here will only arrive if City Hall promotes the commons with the same vigor and persistence used for 311, 911, and nyc.gov. As a symbol of support it should commit, with great hoopla, to moving the city government’s website from nyc.gov to gov.nyc.
    • Resources:  The sale of domain names is generating a surplus with 40 percent of the wholesale price of domain names coming to the city. These funds should be sufficient to support the development of the commons and should be channeled to a Commons Development Authority to facilitate implementation. Should additional funds be necessary, the Authority should be empowered to facilitate their acquisition.

    Here’s a review of some elements of the TLD that would comprise the commons:

    • Search.nyc: If we’re to have fair elections, we must assure that candidate information is evenhandedly presented to voters. One key presenter of this information should be an official search engine. While Google and its cohorts promise that all information is fairly presented, they do so in a secret way. This is unsuitable for a democracy. If we’re to trust the election process, we need to present candidate information via transparent algorithms that provide a level playing field for all candidates. And note, a robust commons offers advantage to all sectors of society: A trusted search.nyc will also provide global visibility to our city’s commercial and cultural products.
    • Voter.nyc: The voter.nyc name-set (voter.nyc, voting.nyc, voters.nyc, candidates.nyc) is another part of the civic commons that should be crafted to facilitate elections and election-time decisions.
    • Issues.nyc: Long and short term discussions of citywide import should be addressed in a thoughtfully organized issues.nyc space. Ongoing outreach efforts would direct residents to present their ideas and preferences here, so when an issue like homelessness hits the eye or soul, New Yorkers will know where to head. Solutions identified here could stimulate civic actions and even feed into the voter.nyc spaces.
    • Neighborhoods.nyc: The nearly 400 neighborhood names – Astoria.nyc, GreenwichVillage.nyc, Harlem.nyc, etc. – can empower local residents to address the concerns of everyday life. Through them, New Yorkers can have access to effective local communications for the first time ever. Perhaps the digital neighborhoods thus created could organize self-help projects, or even have access to guiding city budget decisions.
    • Meta Names: Intuitive names that facilitate finding the commons sites need to be identified, developed, and promoted. Here are a few examples of these meta names: CivicCommons.nyc, NewYorkCommons.nyc, and CommonsIndex.nyc. But many others are needed, drawn from our existing expectations.

    Looking for comments. Sharing appreciated. And please email the mayor.

  • joly 5:43 am on 05/19/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: city council, copic, , nyc, ,   

    VIDEO: @TishJames @COPICNYC Webcasting Hearing #civictech #opengov #locallaw103 @GaleABrewer 

    COPICOn Tuesday May 19 2015 the NYC Commission on Public Information and Communication (COPIC), Chaired by Public Advocate Letitia James held a hearing at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) focused on the City’s compliance with Local Law 103 of 2013, sponsored by then Council Member Gale Brewer, which requires the webcasting of public meetings. The hearing was be webcast on both the BMCC Livestream Channel and the Internet Society Livestream Channel. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mnJ11238DbM
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/kveIpG4EW1mR/
    Twitter: @copicnyc | #locallaw103

  • Tom Lowenhaupt 7:03 am on 03/01/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Digital.nyc – A Status Report 

    Jackson Hts., New York, February 24, 2015 – We’re a 1/2 candle into the life of our city’s TLD and an appropriate time for an evaluation. But with .nyc’s success metrics undefined, an assessment is challenging. Hoping that we might contribute to a long term analytical framework, we decided to undertake this first review.

    Fundamentally, there are two competing perspectives on a TLD’s success, the standard and community. The metric used for assessing standard TLDs such as .com, .net, and .org is based on the number of names sold. We honor that tradition by presenting a statistical review.

    For community TLDs, the “societal” approach we’ve advocated, success comprises a positive impact on the delivery of city services, economic enhancement, and an improved quality of life. We took a first stroke at identifying community metrics on our wiki some time ago. With community enhancements emerging from long term development efforts, an assessment at this early stage is challenging. What we do here is look at some early actions and how they might influence those long term goals.

    Traditional Metrics

    Let’s start with some stats on the number of .nyc domain names sold.

    • As of February 22, the city’s contractor reported 72,103 names sold with sales at a rate of about 90 registrations per day. (See more current stats here.)
    • Of those, 74.27% or 52,672 were “parked.” A parked domain is one purchased but without any meaningful content (see keys.nyc for an example). Names purchased for speculative purposes might be parked. And with .nyc being a new TLD, many are surely parked while under development.
    • That 74% of parked domains has been inching down over the months. For comparison .berlin has 73% parked, .london 36%, .paris 48%, and .tokyo 55%. (Might we induce a level of speculative purchases from these?)
    • Doing some subtraction (72,103 – 52,672) one might conclude that 19,431 .nyc domain names are providing some level of content. But…
    • A February 21 Google search using the “site:.nyc” command revealed only 458 websites. (Google reported a total of 940 finds, a number consisting of both primary names and their duplicates.) We’re looking for an explanation for this discrepancy.
    • We looked at the first 100 of those 458 “Site:.nyc” sites and found 40% used the .nyc domain name to present content. The other 60% merely linked to a .com or .org site.

    In addition to these 72,103 sold names, 21,000 names have been created but not allocated. The unallocated fall into three categories.

    • 800 Reserved Names – Names set aside to serve the public’s benefit. Three fourths of these names are those of neighborhoods or Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), e.g., see 125thstreet.nyc. Included also are some generic and category names, e.g., taxi.nyc, tours.nyc, and digital.nyc, about which we have more to say below.
    • 3,092 Premium Names – These names were set aside for distribution through high-bid auctions, scheduled to begin in early 2015. We’ve advocated for attaching Public Interest Commitments (PICs) to many of these names, believing social and economic equity and a stronger TLD will result. A recent panel report detailed these recommendations.
    • 17,000 Collision Names – The “Collision” names were excluded from allocation pending a review of their impact on the operation of existing networks. Mayor.nyc and our own connecting.nyc are two of the good names stuck in this batch. The vast majority of collision names are of little consequence, but all are expected to become available in mid 2015.

    While we have some statistics to guide our Traditional Metrics evaluation, doing so for the Community-TLD perspective is a bit more challenging.

    The Community View

    Early in 2014 Mayor de Blasio announced that it had reserved nearly 400 neighborhood names for development by entities representing the public interest. And it created a path for their allocation – see neighborhoods.nyc. We tested the proposed allocation process recently by encouraging local civic entities to apply for the JacksonHeights.nyc name. We chose Jackson Heights because it represented the home team – we’re based there – and it has a young entrepreneurial population engaged with tech.

    The response was lukewarm at best. Only one organization indicated it might take on the site’s development. And that commitment was on an “as time allows” basis. Also, no existing organization matched the proposed governance standard.

    We concluded that if a suitable application was to be filed for JacksonHeights.nyc, it would best be submitted by a new entity, one having the website as its primary mission. And we concluded that the neighborhood names might best be issued to contracted parties, committed to the principals set out on neighborhoods.nyc, with periodic reviews to establish compliance. A scenario of this sort would require an investment for start up and oversight.

    The adoption of a resident-focused nexus policy was another positive action by de Blasio. Properly administered and enforced nexus can foster a range of benefits from civic pride to security and economic development. Our review of registrations revealed some questionable registrant addresses and we look forward to the initiation of planned random audits and for a public reporting of results.

    A key sign of community success will arrive when .nyc names are being used to create new civic and business connections. Over the last several months we’ve sought to understand who is registering the domain names. Are names being registered to make new connections and new markets? Are New Yorkers shifting their registrations to .nyc from .com, .net, .org and other foreign TLDs? While we await a sophisticated analysis, an associate has reviewed the daily log of new registrants. The dominant impression is that registrations are largely for generic names, as opposed to those of existing businesses. Looked at in concert with the high rate of parked names, this might indicate a multitude of speculative purchases. But one might see a positive side to this: the names of existing businesses are apparently not being squatted upon and remain available.

    Community Opportunities

    One of the key benefits we foresaw for New Yorkers and visitors alike was an intuitive Internet where our everyday language would be our guide. Using the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 as inspiration, we advanced the model of viewing .nyc as a digital grid where ease-of-use and clarity would result from the thoughtful allocation of names – bikes.nyc, bakeries.nyc, drugstores.nyc, schools.nyc, etc. But the city opted for the speed and simplicity of a Land Rush distribution process (first-come first-served), which released thousands of intuitive names for unknown uses. The results are trickling in.

    Today, New Yorkers typing hardwarestores.nyc will be presented with the services offered by a single locksmith, not an organized presentation of the desired stores. They’ll need to sift through Google’s global results to locate their local hardware store. The local hardware store will need to pay Google if it hopes to be found there. And a job will not be created for the local operator of hardwarestores.nyc. It’s a lose-lose-lose situation for New York.

    But there’s still an opportunity to foster an intuitive .nyc, where language holds its traditional meaning. Within the 21,000 unallocated Reserved, Premium, and Collision names the city can identify widely understood names (words would be a better descriptive) and require Public Interest Commitments (see our recommendations) by the developers of these domain names.

    If .nyc is to gain a reputation as a reliable and useful TLD – where people are confident that typing a domain name will deliver the desired result, names like pizza.nyc and hotels.nyc can’t simply market traditional brands. That is, pizza.nyc can’t lead to Pizza Hut and hotels.nyc can’t provide the choice of all the city’s Hilton Hotels. This will be the likely consequence if a high bid auction determiners development rights.

    For .nyc to succeed these domain names need to aide residents and visitors alike in learning about the history, variety, and depth of our pizza and hospitality industries. This can only be achieved via contractual Public Interest Commitments.

    Additionally, Mayor de Blasio can select a few of the unallocated names and provide those on the other side of the digital divide with the opportunity to apply their entrepreneurial talents to developing the .nyc TLD.


    Since 2009, when the city announced its intent to acquire .nyc, there have been few meaningful opportunities for public engagement in .nyc’s planning and oversight process. Access was virtually nonexistent during the Bloomberg years. Initially the de Blasio Administration was more receptive to public engagement, indeed, during 2014 a .NYC Community Advisory Board met on a monthly basis, with two from our organization appointed as members. However, when that Board ceased operating in December, public access to the oversight process ceased.

    The importance of governance and access was brought to mind recently when we received an invitation to attend a Digital.nyc Five Borough Tour. Curious about the event and its genesis we visited the digital.nyc website where the sponsors were described:

    Digital.NYC is the official online hub of the New York City startup and technology ecosystem, bringing together every company, startup, investor, event, job, class, blog, video, workspace, accelerator, incubator, resource and organization in the five boroughs. It is the result of a unique public/private partnership between the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, IBM, Gust, and over a dozen leading NYC-based technology and media companies.

    Curious, we reviewed the Reserved Names and found digital.nyc listed. Not having been privy to this development while on the Advisory Board, we wondered about the process by which they had obtained the domain name. With this in mind we recalled a recent conversation predicting that fashion.nyc would be developed in a similar manner to digital.nyc. Some research revealed fashion.nyc to be on the Premium Names list and as having been registered to Neustar, the contractor overseeing .nyc’s marketing and operation, last week.

    Without transparency and a governance process, people may begin to think the city’s TLD is being operated out of cigar box, or worse. And with public trust central to its becoming a grid for our digital resources, such perceptions can be highly detrimental.

    City Hall needs to add transparency and accountability to the operation of the .nyc TLD. And it needs a representative and accessible governance process that informs the public about how allocation decisions are made, for what purpose, and by whom. And we need a process and timetable for evaluating these allocations of the public’s resources.

    Soap Box: Our view is that a thoughtfully developed TLD provides the infrastructure for a secure local Internet. That upon that base one can build privacy, identity, and community. And that these will speed economic growth and the creation of a more prosperous and livable city.

    A Hollywood Ending

    This review turned out to be far longer than we anticipated. Those who’ve stuck with it to the end get 7 .nyc treats. Enjoy.

    • Archives.nyc – This site shows city information presented in an esthetically pleasing manner. Congratulations to the Municipal Archives.
    • MurdersIn.nyc – If we were giving awards this one would get the Bagel for creative use of a .nyc domain name.
    • Greenestreet.nyc – A wonderful presentation of the 400 year history of one small section of a city street. But we do have some qualms about ownership of this resource as detailed here.
    • Straphangers.nyc – We love this organization and as one might expect its an early occupant of the .nyc domain.
    • Visualizing.nyc – Be patient while this one loads. For map lovers.
    • Mammamia.nyc – Broadway’s first play to make it to the big time.
    • Prty.nyc – Dancing like you’ve never seen it before.

    (Commons image courtesy of Melissa.)

  • joly 3:21 am on 02/18/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airbnb, City & State, , nyc,   

    VIDEO: @CityAndStateNY State of Our City panel on NYC #sharingeconomy w/ @airbnb , @NYHTC, @GaleMBP, @BrooklynChamber 

    State of Our CityOn Tuesday, February 17th 2015, City & State hosted its 5th Annual State of Our City forum, convening New York City’s leaders in government, business, and advocacy to discuss some of the most important issues the City will face in 2015. The first panel considered the disruptive advent of the sharing economy, and included representatives of both AirBnB and also the Hotel Trades Council, and also a commissioner from the Taxi and Limousine Commission, however nobody from either Uber or Lyft. The panel was joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and concluded with Carlo Scissura, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce remarking that consumer demand for improved services was such that incumbents, upstarts, and regulators were obligated to resolve their differences and arrive at working arrangements. The panel, which runs 45 mins, was webcast live via Livestream, video is below.

    View on Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/cityandstate/events/3817876/videos/77417241
    Twitter: #sharingeconomy nyc

  • joly 6:21 am on 01/09/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: @CivicHall walkthrough – Jan 7 2015 

    Civic Hall is a new 15,500 sq.ft. civic tech community center and event space at 156 5th Ave in the heart of Manhattan, stewarded by the folks who run the Personal Democracy Forum. As they finalize the installations, they have begun recruiting members and running orientation sessions. On Jan 7 2015 ISOC-NY’s Joly MacFie arrived too late for one of these sessions, but Civic Hall COO Heidi Sieck was kind enough to walk him around as she prepared to close for the night. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/ItswTjBUmCA
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/aiAxsTL8Zd8h/
    Twitter: @CivicHall

  • joly 12:55 pm on 11/26/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: #ICANN, @dotnyc, and Multistakeholder Innovation – November 24 2014 @GaleMBP 

    On Monday November 24 2014 ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé met with NYC community at the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Present were representatives of ISOC-NY, Connecting .nyc, New York Tech Meetup, Meetup, NameSpace, Access, and Google. First there was a progress reort on the .nyc TLD from Jeff Merritt of the Mayor’s Office and Jeff Neuman of Neustar, followed by some Q&A – much of it about the mechanics of the nexus requirements for registrants. In the second part Fadi Chehadi spoke briefly about the major challenges to ICANN and the multistakeholder model, including the IANA transition and the development of the NetMundial initiative. Fadi had just returned from the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, where he had received assurances from that country’s leadership of their continuing engagement with the global Internet and its evolving governance processes. Video is below, including a couple of highlights. A full index is available on YouTube.

    Full video (83 mins)

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/HRZ4A0-C9Kg
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/PFQB5gfxgaIx/

    China (3 mins)

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/bhFk-fcuTEM
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/byybHNw8PKTd/

    NetMundial (5 mins)

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/xvH2FTAM2y8
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/SAYuS94k6p0M/

    ISOC, WEF, and the NetMundial Initiative (6 mins)

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/huI6PucrL7c
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/s1MB26I7VMtq/

  • joly 5:50 am on 05/21/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , gregory donovan, nyc, ,   

    VIDEO: #Dataveillance and Everyday Consciousness in the ‘Smart’ City #TA3M @OpenITP @newamericanyc 

    TA3MOn Monday May 19 2014 the OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday‘s featured presenter was Gregory Donovan who presented Dataveillance and Everyday Consciousness in the ‘Smart’ City. Surveillance doesn’t have to be an accepted part of city living. Last year alone, Iowa City unanimously passed a law banning a large number of surveillance technologies. What is the situation in New York? Donovan explains who is tracking your movements, how they are doing it, and why; in addition, how city dwellers can take control of their privacy and security. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/rBNyFFtyHMQ
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/pgYMLMuZBAky/
    Twitter: #TA3M

  • joly 5:59 am on 05/20/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , de blasio, , nyc   

    VIDEO: Bill de Blasio opening remarks at @InternetWeek @deBlasioNYC 

    Internet WeekOn Monday May 19 2014 NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the opening address at Internet Week NY, which takes place all this week. In his remarks the Mayor emphasized the need for improved Internet access in the city saying “Our approach is going to be bold and it’s going to be decisive, because we simply haven’t done enough in this city.” He promised to reexamine whether Verizon and Time Warner Cable are living up to their franchise agreements, and to form a Broadband Task Force. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlNzkkfes68
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/RH7Acm10mUE3/

  • joly 8:56 am on 04/23/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ILPS, jeff neuman, , nyc   

    WEBCAST TODAY: The Launch of .nyc: Protecting your New York City Business Online #dotnyc #icann #newgtlds 

    dot nycToday Wednesday April 23 2014 at 9am the New York Law School – Institute for Information Law and Policy presents The Launch of .nyc: Protecting your New York City Business Online – a breakfast gathering to discuss ICANN’s rights protection mechanisms, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), general brand protection strategies and the .nyc launch program. Panel: J. Donald Fancher – National Leader IP Services, Deloitte – US Partner Lead for the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH): Jeff Neuman – Vice President Registry, Neustar, Inc. ; Katherine Winningham – Senior Counsel, New York City Law Department; Brian Winterfeldt – Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. The event will be webcast live via NY Law’s Silverlight. Registration is required for the webcast.

    What: The Launch of .nyc: Protecting your New York City Business Online
    Where: NY Law School
    When: Wednesday April 23 2014 9am-10.30am EDT: 1400-15.30 UTC
    Webcast: http://hello.neustar.biz/NYLS-Event-Registration.html
    Twitter: #dotnyc

  • joly 3:47 am on 03/24/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , nyc   

    #dotnyc was delegated to #IANA root zone on 3/20 #newgtlds #nyc 

    dot nycAlmost 13 years after it was first proposed in the Queens Community Board 3 Internet Empowerment Resolution, the .nyc top-level domain (TLD) was finally approved by ICANN and delegated to the IANA root zone on March 20 2014. The TLD is scheduled, under the management of contractor Neustar Inc, to begin rolling out second-level domains in stages, beginning in May 2014 with a sunrise period in which trademark owners get first dibs. General applications should be available in November 2014. It will be necessary to produce evidence of “nexus” with the City to apply for, and maintain a domain. A lengthy, as yet unfinalized, list of second-level domains will be reserved for use by the City and the local community. An advisory board has been appointed to oversee the TLD on the community’s behalf.

    For more information. Visit http://www.nic.nyc/

    Twitter: #dotnyc

  • joly 8:42 pm on 03/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: internet public, Knight News Challenge, nyc, , pdm   

    @Mlsif @Raziej aka @pdmteam propose home for #NYC “Internet Public” @knightfdn 

    Personal Democracy MediaMicah Sifry and Andrew Raziej of Personal Democracy Media, organizers of the annual Personal Democracy Forum, after extensive studies and research have concluded that the NYC Internet Public needs a permanent gathering center. They write:

    Thanks to planning grants from the Omidyar Network, Ford Foundation and Google, we have been working with Kate Krontiris and Matthew Burton, doing intensive research on the broad needs of the open internet and civic tech community. We interviewed a diverse mix of more than 100 stakeholders and held several group design workshops with about 50 of them. Here’s what we’ve learned: people who are fighting for the open web and a better society hunger for a place to come together regularly year round, and not just at large conferences or occasional meetings. They want to gather around something that is bigger than a one- or two-day hackathon, yet less structured than a start-up incubator. They also want a place for curated workshops and events, as well as daily serendipitous encounters. In effect, they want a “third place” where diverse constituencies can cross paths regularly and find common ground by working on actual problems in a deliberate way.

    So, what we envision this new center as something like this: A big, beautiful airy space in downtown Manhattan (or Brooklyn), in the heart of New York’s burgeoning tech sector that people can use to work and meet, with room for small and mid-sized events and conferences (and a great stage for livestreaming), individual and group work areas, a bar for coffee during the day and beers at night, with lots and lots of WiFi! We also plan to invite some related organizations as anchor co-tenants to produce their own events and help us expand our community even more. The center would have an innovation lab at its heart, with full and part-time resident fellows, each working on a specific problems and responsible for work-shopping solutions with relevant stakeholders. There would be an ongoing series of daytime and evening talks, seminars, and tech demonstrations open to the public, and with monthly and yearly membership options for people and organizations who want to be able to use PDC as their home base for work and networking.

    A Knight News Challenge proposal has been submitted, where they encourage the community to add comments.

  • joly 6:26 am on 02/26/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: nyc, , , ,   

    NYC Council Tech Committee Webcasting Hearing 2-24-2014 @NYCCouncil #opengov 

    In 2007 Gale Brewer, then Chair of the NYC Council Committee of Technology, introduced a law to amend the City Constitution to require webcasting of all City public meetings. This law applies to the Council, Committees, City Agencies, and Task Forces. The law – 2013-103 – was approved unaniminously by the council on November 14 2013, and signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg on December 2 2013, including a budget of $230k in 2014, and $100k/annum thereafter. The law gives the City 90 days to implement, which time is up on March 1 2014 – this Sunday. On Monday February 24 2014 the Committee, now chaired by Council Member James Vacca, held a public hearing for oversight of the implementation process, in the form of a report by Jeff Merritt from the Mayor’s office. Furthermore, Council Member Vacca and some colleagues have introduced a new law – Int 0028 – that will require Community Boards to also webcast their proceedings, so this hearing was an opportunity for public input on that topic. Speakers included Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, representatives of several Community Boards, and public interest groups Citizen’s Union and Reinvent Albany. The last word came from ISOC-NY’s own Joly MacFie, who emphasized flexibilty and the need for transcripts. Video is below, click through to YouTube for an index. A transcript should be available in a day or two.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/OtaW_jylwmQ
    Twitter: @NYCCouncil

  • joly 2:07 am on 08/05/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: #NYC #CivicTech Demo Night with @fundelevator @nycvotes and @NYCCFB 

    On August 1 2013 the 21st Century Democracy & Technology Meetup hosted a NYC Civic Tech Demo Night at Tipping Point Partners NYC. Introducing the night was Tipping Points founder and CEO Art Chang, who revealed a forthcoming expanded collaboration – a “tech campus” – between his firm, New York Law School, and other institutions.

    Presenting first was FundElevator, a new crowdfunding platform for both causes and politicians that will have its soft launch in the next few days.

    The second was NYC Votes. Art Chang is also the Chair of NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee(VAAC), part of the NYC Campaign Finance Board‘s (CFB) Voter Assistance Unit, as reconstituted by the 2010 Charter Commission. The CFB has three primary mandates: administering the Campaign Finance Program, publishing the Voter Guide, and overseeing the Debate Program. The CFB provides easily accessible and comprehensive information on candidates’ campaign finance and works to make candidates and elected officials more responsive to New York City citizens, rather than special interests, by reducing the opportunity for campaign contributors to influence candidates and elected officials and by providing a means for credible candidates who might not have access to “big money” to run competitive campaigns via a matching funds program. To assist in this purpose the VAAC spawned the 21st Century Democracy project which in turn spawned a Digital Action Working Group of leading local techies,namely AppOrchard, Method, and Pivotal Labs, who set to work on creating an app – NYC Votes – to help achieve the CFP’s purpose. NYC Votes is aimed to provide the complete voting experience from registering to vote, to learning about the candidates, to funding candidates (thereby gaining them 6x NYC matching funds), to casting a vote at the poll site on Election Day. The app is scheduled to go live on Aug 7 2013 at the New York Tech Meetup. This night was something of a dress rehearsal for that.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/GFB90PvU4OQ
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/uH601JQul4ez/
    Twitter: #civictech | #nycvotes
    Art Chang – Chair, NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee
    Mickey Costa – CEO, FundElevator
    James Schuler – CTO, FundElevator
    Amy M. Loprest – Executive Director, NYC Campaign Finance Board
    Rusty Munro – Creative Director, Method
    Michael Schubert – Managing Director, NYC, Pivotal Labs
    Michael Carlson – Product Manager, AppOrchard

  • joly 3:58 am on 08/02/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , nyc,   

    VIDEO: Access Code: Demo Day @Coalition4QNS 

    On July 29 2013 the Coalition for Queens presented Access Code: Demo Day at the See Me exhibition space in Long Island City, NYC. Access Code is an 8-week, 50-hour tech education and entrepreneurship development program that provides immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills & mentorship to build and launch high-tech companies. In the first program, over the past eight weeks, twenty-two students worked hard learning the ins-and-outs of iOS development, and then split into four teams each tasked with producing a working app. The program received support from the City, and no less than two Congresspersons, and two Councilmembers, including the Chair of the Economic Development Committee Karen Koslowitz, showed up to say a few words. A keynote – a lengthy homily on perseverance – was delivered by entrepreneur Nihal Mehta. Video is below, the actual demos start 45 mins in.

  • joly 3:25 pm on 07/15/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital roadmap, , nyc, , ,   

    VIDEO: @nycgov Digital Roadmap #Brooklyn meetup #opengov @nycdigital #nycdigital 

    nyc digitalNYC Digital, part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, is mounting a series of listening sessions throughout the City this summer with the aim of encouraging feedback on New York City’s innovation progress and contributing to the upcoming version of the City’s Digital Roadmap. New Yorkers are invited to attend the sessions to share their thoughts about how to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city, across the areas of Internet access, education, open data, engagement and industry, adding new goals and objectives to the City’s innovation strategy. The first of these, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Tech Meetup and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, was held in Brooklyn on Thursday, July 11, 2013, and was webcast by ISOC-NY via the Internet Society Chapters Webcast Channel. Video is below. Click here to skip to the actual public responses.

    What: NYC Digital Roadmap Listening Session – Brooklyn

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/JB5wmHXzCwU
    Twitter: @nycgov | #nycdigital

  • joly 5:00 am on 06/19/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anthony wiener, , nyc, ,   

    VIDEO: NYC Mayoral Candidates Tech Policy Forum #queenstech #NYCTechForum 

    Coalition for QueensFollowing their successful Queens Borough President Tech Policy Forum, the Coalition for Queens on Monday May 17 June 2013 presented a similar event for NYC Mayoral Candidates, again at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Candidates participating in the forum: Former NYC Councilmember Sal Albanese, Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr., NYC Comptroller John Liu, and Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner. Moderators were Anjali Athavaley of the Wall Street Journal and Nilay Patel of The Verge. The forum was webcast live by ISOC-NY. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/pNUq0YJWArM
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/hAPS1pDhyfUa/
    Twitter: #queenstech | #NYCTechForum

  • joly 5:25 am on 06/08/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , nyc, , , ,   

    VIDEO: Queens Borough President Candidates Tech Policy Forum #queenstech @Coalition4QNS 

    Coalition for QueensOn June 6 2013 the Coalition For Queens hosted a Queens Borough President Candidates Tech Policy Forum at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NYC. With its growing tech community and established spirit of entrepreneurship, Queens is positioned to become a major hub for tech innovation in New York City. The policies and agenda of the next Queens Borough President will affect the development of the tech ecosystem in the borough. The event, sponsored by AT&T and in partnership with the Museum of the Moving Image, Partnership for New York City, Code for America NY, and Queens County Young Democrats, invited candidates to discuss topics related to technology in Queens. Three candidates attended: Leroy Comrie, Melinda Katz, and Peter Vallone Jr. The discussion was moderated by Clare Trapasso of the New York Daily News and Kelly Faircloth of Betabeat. Video is below:

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/5LllF5VObqg
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/mPCEkeo0Iw9o/
    Twitter: #queenstech

    • Jack Reylan 10:03 am on 08/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Donkey Poodle was a clown, known as Phoney Tony, full of crap from his baloney. Developmentally challenged always major in urban planning and are as boring as Al Gore. Flushing Meadow is soaked full of arsenic, lead, dioxin and asbestos from all the ashes. At least the Vallone brothers have a sence of humor compared to these phoney neurotics. Instead of harassing little old ladies septic tanks in Westchester, why not have all those new engineering schools design a water filtration system and produce green jobs. Free lethal injections for ras-Putin Agents obstructing fracking.

    • Jonas MacFarquhar 11:08 am on 09/19/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Feudal casuists like Vallone perpetuate the un-American canard of the mom and pop farm/deli/dega to seclude their sedition and illegal acts. Tocqueville 1848 ii.ii,19 debunks the notion of the hereditary family farm. Milton Friedman J Eco Lit v 30 n 9 p 2129-32 shows success of small business is indeterminate because of survivor bias. McKinsey’s Manyika WP Feb 7 2010 B2 shows large firms produce jobs more quickly. Even the Economist says (The small-business canard, Oct 5th 2010) only a small fraction of smaller enterprises are capable of generating sustained growth of very many jobs.

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