Find Fellow Landrush Name Applicants: Resolution Hall Opens

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Resolution HallGoing once… Going twice….

Landrush has ended. And in instances where more than one applicant submitted a request for a particular .nyc domain name, the official protocol calls for a high-bid auction to decide between the applicants. Many think auctions should be the last resort and suggest the following options be made available to the applicants:

  • An opportunity for private discussion and negotiations
  • An opportunity to use a simple coin toss or lottery to determine a winner
  • Formal mediation and
  • Arbitration

To create transparency and Landrush applicant’s ability to connect with one another and avail themselves of these options, we created Resolution Hall, a digital space where they might find one another. But Resolution Hall’s ability to aide applicants will be short lived, for should they not come to quick agreement, auctions will settle things commencing on October 23. Learn more about Resolution Hall.

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MentalHealth.nyc applicants, where are you?

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Jackson Hts., New York, October 6, 2014 – The Landrush for .nyc domain names ended at 11 AM this past Friday. A neighborhood not-for-profit mental health organization submitted an application for the MentalHealth.nyc domain name. Its intent was to provide general guidance on issues, treatments, and resources that might affect the mental health of city residents.

On Saturday afternoon the organization was notified that, since more than one applicant had applied for the MentalHealth.nyc, that it would soon be informed about a closed, high-bid auction to determine the “winner.” Being a “closed” auction means that the organization will not be privy to contacting the other entities that have bid for the name.

The closed nature of the auction seems contrary to the public interest. Wouldn’t it be better if the interested parties could discuss and discern which of them is best qualified for the task? Maybe a collaborative effort could be arranged with shared development costs. Or perhaps one party might forgo the name in deference to a superior plan.

But none of this is possible under a closed auction. Until now.

Who else is interested in MentalHealth.nyc? If your organization has also applied, please contact [email protected] and we’ll establish a connection between the interested parties.

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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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Bloomberg BNA reviews our “City-TLD Landrush Models” post

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Jackson Hts., New York, September 24, 2014 – Writing Money Talks in the Big Apple in Bloomberg BNA, Thomas O’Toole reviewed the our City-TLD Landrush Models post. While I agree with much of Thomas’ review, I added these comments:

First, if the city chose a business-friendly approach like they’ve developed for the .london TLD, a lot of the anticipated auctions could be avoided. (If we followed the London model, the owner of Rickys Cafe would upload his city business license to establish his right to the name. If another bidder was unable to match it, good old Ricky gets the RickysCafe.nyc domain name.)

Far more important is what the city’s squatter-friendly name allocation processes do to the prospect for an intuitive city. That is, if residents are unable to type in traditional busi

ness, street, project, event, school, civic, building, and media names, one of the key city-friendly features of our TLD will be lost. And we’ll remain dependent on search engines to find the Internet address of the diner across the street.

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City-TLD Landrush Models

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Jackson Hts., New York, September 20, 2014 – With the October 3rd end of the city’s Landrush period 13 days away, we are sill headed toward a bad ending for this initial roll-out of our city’s TLD, with multiple modifications over many years required to bring our city’s TLD into alignment with its potential. We’re working on a “impending disaster” post detailing the lost opportunities the current “Bloomberg Contract” will inflict on our city’s operational effectiveness, livability, and its competitive position globally.

In the interim we wanted to publish this City-TLD Landrush Model graphic depicting one of the blatant problems with the extant Landrush process.

Click for larger image.

We’re not yet fully satisfied with the graphic as it still requires explanation. One needs to read The .nyc Landrush: Adding Injury to Insult post to understand how the Bloomberg Contract will turn small business into roadkill. One need also understand the difference afforded historic property rights under the .london and .nyc TLDs, as described in the New York Landrush Period Priority Rules. We’re looking for a venue to publish the full story as a long-form article (suggestions appreciated), but thought it wise to publish this “Roadkill” alert now.

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