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City TLD Governance and Best Practices Workshop - September 17, 2:30 - 4:30

Why hold a workshop on City TLD Governance and Best Practices?

To clarify the need that led to the workshop's formation, here is something written a few years back that sought to put the Internet and TLDs into an historic perspective with regard to cities.

"Imagine that in 1983 Vint Cerf had visited a global city like New York, climbed the steps to City Hall and said to Mayor Koch that his associates had begun designing an Internet enhancement that would make it easier to find the world's digital resources. And that they were thinking of calling it the Domain Name System (DNS) and using identifiers such as .com, .org and .edu. And imagine Mr. Cerf explaining his vision about this new technology's prospect for addressing the multiplicity of city needs and concluding with a plea that the mayor gather the world's smartest minds in New York City, help detail a desired DNS's feature-set, and in the process develop a model that other cities might follow."

But as we all know, no one knocked on that City Hall door and the DNS was created without fully considering its impact on cities. And when it escaped from the lab, the technology spread like a virus and changed the world for better and for worse.

From this thought the City-TLD Governance and Best Practices Workshop emerged.

Today, cities have scant precedent and little guidance to draw upon when deciding on features and applications of their "soon to be available" TLDs. This workshop will explore that lacuna looking at four areas:

1. Experiences from country code and sponsored TLDs highlighting successful domain name allocation practices;
2. propose a process for engaging expertise from a variety of disciplines, e.g., city planning, economics, political science, sociology, and software engineering, to prepare a primer for developing these critical Internet resources;
3. review existing structures for sharing best practices in city administration and governance;
4. finally, it will explore governance options for city-TLDs.


* Izumi Aizu, Japan Internet Domain Name Council
* Sébastien Bachollet, ICANN ALAC Vice Chair, Président d'honneur d'ISOC France (bio)
* Bertrand de La Chapelle, Délégué Spécial pour la Société de l'Information / Special Envoy for the Information Society Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes/ French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
* Hawa Diakite, Internet Society - Mali (Remote Participant)
* Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus, Board Member of Medienstadt Leipzig e.V.
* Dirk Krischenowski, CEO, .Berlin
* Thomas Lowenhaupt, Founder and Director, Connecting.nyc Inc.
* Ana Cristina Amoroso Neves, Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC) - Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
* Thomas Schneider, Coordinator International Information Society International Affairs, Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication DETEC, Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
* Jonathan Shea, Chief Executive Officer, HKIRC (the .hk TLD) - Remote Participant
* Werner Staub, Secretary, Council of Registrars (CORE) - Mr. Staub will speak on Name Space Mandates, a plan for the assignment of coherent name-sets to responsible trustees.
* Dr. Hong Xue, Professor of Law, Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law (IIPL), Beijing Normal University

The Remote Moderator for the session will be Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond.

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