Hearing on .nyc TLD in Brooklyn Tomorrow - 2 PM

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City Not Ready But Preceeding Anyhow by Thomas Lowenhaupt

Jackson Hts., New York, March 22, 2012 - I’ve got to start with a gripe. I was forced to spend the morning at DoITT’s office at 75 Park Place looking at the parts of the proposed contract for the .nyc TLD that have been completed. Forced because they refused to email me a copy. Also, I was forced to make hand notes - see picture - because they wouldn’t allow me to take pictures with my cell. Why? It’s a draft document and not complete. (Perhaps a reason they shouldn’t be having a hearing on a incomplete document!)

Separately I was informed that the one public hearing - Friday, 2 PM at 2 Metrotech Center, 4th Floor, Brooklyn - meets the letter of the law, and that’s probably true. But clearly it’s not the spirit of the law. It’s a odious situation. And with the mayor and his staff quoted in this morning’s New York Times as saying he’s opposed to the “daily referendum” of social media and that people should focus on long term planning - OMFG.

OK, got that off my chest. So what did I learn from my 2 hours at DoITT? I can say I was at some points pleased, for example, in its handling of the Nexus question. But even here close scrutiny is required and was not possible as I was relegated to a noise lunchroom to view the materials. (OK, last gripe, promise.)But vital pieces had not yet been completed, for example, Appendixes F and G dealing with reserved domain names have not been completed. G deals with “names reserved for marketing and business development.” Is that the neighborhood names? How is it possible to testify on that?I didn’t see anything about creating a sustainable TLD. There was nothing about how the funds from auctions of some names raised were to be used - to help small business? for education? the growing digital divide? - not a word. At least none that I was able to review in the lunch room.

I asked about the contract development process: Was an independent industry expert brought in to advise the city? No. So apparently the proposed contractor, and the overworked city employee drafting the contract, worked out (or rather, are working out) the details.I’ll be in Brooklyn tomorrow at the “public hearing” (announced on the last page of Tuesday’s City Record). Hope to see some supporters of good government and of long term planning.The A,C, F, and R trains will take you there.
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