Neighborhood Building

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map with neighborhood namesJackson Hts., New York, August 21, 2014 – One of most promising developments to come out of city hall with regard to the .nyc TLD is the reservation of the neighborhood names. In the mayor’s press release of August 4 he announced that nearly 400 of them had been set aside for development by public interest groups. Already a licensing agreement has been drafted and an application process established.

What’s next? There are plans to use the domain name as a repository for local data, features, services, and expertise that can assist with residents with the development of their neighborhood names. And a conference on using technology to develop neighborhoods in the early planning stage.

While we’re waiting for those resources to be realized, it might be good to do some fundamental thinking about the nature of a neighborhood. What do neighborhoods do? And what might digital neighborhoods do? What role does digital technology play with neighborhood formation and development? And will digital capacity enlarge or shrink the footprint of a neighborhood? We’ve some wiki pages on these topics here.

(Note: A meeting on Neighborhood Building was held on August 22. The bullet points are available in Comment 1 to this post.)



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  1. Thomas Lowenhaupt  August 22, 2014

    Our meeting today touched on several Neighborhood Building topics:

    1. We need to begin looking into the governance process at the local level, i.e., who governs local moderation, who is responsible for overseeing broad engagement commitments, what are the acceptable revenue generation practices, etc. Perhaps we can engage BLIP in this area.

    2. The proposed dotNeighborhoods conference looking into the appropriate “neighborhoods” technology is important. If nothing is heard by Tuesday we should write a recommendation to the primary organizing parties on agenda, invitees, etc.

    3. A wiki seems appropriate and the wiki should be looked at.

    4. More work needs to be done on neighborhood issues that might be addressed by this type of local communications medium.


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