What’s At The Top Of The Mountain?

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Upper Greenwood Lake, September 28, 2014 – Hoping to convince Mayor de Blasio to stop the clock, take a fresh look, and initiate a thoughtful review of the opportunities the .nyc presents, I’ve sketched a Picassoesque view of what our city might look like with a fully developed, resident oriented, TLD.

  • It’s a city where you can readily find most everything. Most certainly every “thing” in the public realm: streets, streetlights, traffic lighRed treets, street signs, parks, squares, monuments, fire hydrants, transportation stations, taxis, buses, schools, stores, businesses, and public facilities of all types. And less tangible things like laws, folklore, events, and history.
  • It’s a city where details on every “thing” can easily be found on a Wikipedia-like page with an intuitive name. Each page summarizes the considered opinions of the population, all of whom have a guaranteed right to participate in its development.
  • It’s a city where residents are provided with Internet media training and access which enables them to shape these pages. As well, the access enables them to participate in municipal governance.
  • It’s a city where people feel secure in conducting their digital activities, knowing that their city is committed to protecting their digital security, privacy, and transactions.
  • It’s a city where transparency laws insure that residents know how their security and privacy are protected and by whom; and where governance and data transparency are considered an art and a science.
  • It’s a city where digital public spaces facilitate democratic participation and practices and digital tools facilitate organizing and management of local issues and initiatives.
  • It’s a city where government gathered data is available to all, with each resident capable of drawing upon it to form their opinions on public policy and governance.
  • It’s a city where residents know their future depends on the quality of their TLD’s operation, aware that the world judges their city on the thoroughness and character of that oversight.
  • It’s a city that connects people, ideas, and resources through thoughtfully developed and maintained digital markets.
  • It’s a city that facilitates neighborhood development, with local data and knowledge made available to residents, enabling them to address opportunities and concerns.
  • It’s a city where knowledge and conversations – online and face to face – are woven together to facilitate consensus building.
  • It’s a city where students are taught how to use and find our city’s resources from the earliest grades.
  • It’s a city of trust where people from around the globe feel safe conducting business.
  • It’s a city I’d like to live in.

As an initial step toward achieving these visions, .nyc domain names must be issued in a thoughtful and equitable manner.

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Thomas thinks about technology and its impact on the quality of urban life.

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