[NA-Discuss] Event Notice: Premium .nyc Domain Names and The Public Interest Panel - December 18

Thomas Lowenhaupt toml at communisphere.com
Wed Dec 10 19:49:04 UTC 2014

Fellow NARALO members,

Connecting.nyc Inc. and the New York Internet Society are sponsoring a 
panel to explore "Premium .nyc Domain Names and The Public Interest." 
There are some familiar names on the panel as indicated in the 
invitation copied below.

*It's to be Livestreamed. *For those of you who might be in the area, 
there an Holiday Party.


Tom Lowenhaupt

Premium .nyc Domain Names and The Public Interest
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

      DUMBO Brooklyn
      - 55 Washington Street, Room 321, Brooklyn, NY

/Take elevator to 3rd Floor and go to room 321. After 7 the street level 
door might be locked, if so, phone 917 579 2950./


    As of December 1st, 60,000 .nyc domain names have been sold (did you
    missed that boat?). But 3,069 of the best have been set aside for
    allocation via high-bid auctions, e.g., bars.nyc, hotels.nyc,
    news.nyc, sports.nyc, etc.

    Many think there should be Public Interest Commitments (PICs)
    associated with developing these Premium Domain Names. For example,
    require the developer of news.nyc to offer local news, and that
    local pizza shops be listed in pizza.nyc. (The scenario where Hilton
    Hotels and Pizza Hut own them adds nothing to life in the city.)

    We're going to hear from a panel engaged with premium names from
    different perspectives:

        o  Avri Doria is an Internet policy expert intimate with the
        development of the PIC concept at ICANN.

        o Gabriel Levitt, V.P. Pharmacyhchecker.com (on .pharmacy) is
        concerned that the lack of PICs will adversely affect the health
        of millions of U.S. residents.

        o Thomas Lowenhaupt, Connecting.nyc Inc. sees PICs as a way to
        establish signposts for city resources and demonstrating the
        city's commitment to the long term development of the .nyc TLD.

        o  Jeff Merritt, Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation
        (Invited) oversees  city technology developments such as .nyc
        and its pay phone / wi-fi projects.

        The city's contractor for .nyc TLD, (Invited) has a decade of
        experience developing TLDs.

        And THERE'S A PARTY. Enjoy Holiday Cheer and a light snack with
        the New York Internet Society.

        *The panel will be available on livestream:

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