Paris, June 26, 2008 – ICANN-Mee­ting: The French capi­tal Paris yes­ter­day for­mal­ly announ­ced its par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the upco­ming appli­ca­ti­on for a Top-Level-Domain .PARIS at the Inter­net orga­ni­sa­ti­on ICANN. Paris is the first city to offi­ci­al­ly voice its inte­rest in an own Top-Level-Domain (TLD). The task ahead of dot­PA­RIS now is to build up and grow its initia­ti­ve. In the Ger­man capi­tal Ber­lin, dot­BER­LIN GmbH & Co. KG has been actively forming an initia­ti­ve for the TLD .BERLIN sin­ce 2005 and has some 80 part­ners and spon­sors by now.

Jean-Lou­is Mis­si­ka, depu­ty mayor of Paris, sei­zed the occa­si­on of a gala recep­ti­on for the dele­ga­tes of the 32nd Mee­ting of ICANN (Inter­net Cor­po­ra­ti­on for Assi­gned Names and Num­bers) in the town hall of Paris for his announce­ment: „It is my plea­su­re to announ­ce today that Paris will be a can­di­da­te for .PARIS tog­e­ther with a group of com­pa­nies from the city”.

„As the initia­tor of the idea for City-TLDs we are hap­py to see that our con­cepts for the deve­lo­p­ment of local iden­ti­ty on the Inter­net are being jud­ged so posi­tively in Paris”, com­men­ted Dirk Kri­schenow­ski, foun­der and CEO of dot­BER­LIN, on the French Coup in Paris. „It’s get­ting more and more appa­rent that com­mu­ni­ties will play a signi­fi­cant role for the new Top-Level-Domains”. Peter Den­ga­te Thrush, the chair­man of the ICANN Board, and ICANN CEO Paul Two­mey both wis­hed dot­PA­RIS suc­cess with its application.

Only in Janu­ary 2008, the Ger­man Bun­des­tag was the first par­lia­ment world­wi­de that appro­ved a reso­lu­ti­on in favor of the enlar­ge­ment of the Inter­net name­space with geo­gra­phi­cal names. The reso­lu­ti­on „Advance­ment of address space in the Inter­net” (prin­ted mat­ter 16/4564) had inter­na­tio­nal effects and has been picked up by initia­ti­ves from the Bre­ta­gne to New York City and to Québec.

At the Paris ICANN Mee­ting from June 23 to June 27, more than 1 500 dele­ga­tes from over 120 count­ries dis­cuss cur­rent issues of Inter­net gover­nan­ce. On June 26, the ICANN board will deci­de on the next steps for the intro­duc­tion of new gene­ric TLDs. Thus, the com­ple­ti­on of the poli­cy deve­lo­p­ment pro­cess that was star­ted by ICANN in Decem­ber 2005 is coming closer.

ICANN expects a signi­fi­cant num­ber of appli­cants for the upco­ming round which will not begin befo­re the second quar­ter of 2009. Many experts view TLDs with a geo­gra­phi­cal refe­rence as a par­ti­cu­la­ri­ly useful expan­si­on as they offer iden­ti­ty and name space for real com­mu­ni­ties like cities and lan­guage and cul­tu­ral communities.

The appli­ca­ti­on pro­cess for a TLD is not tri­vi­al. Solid finan­cing, well balan­ced regis­tra­ti­on poli­ci­es and a con­cept for the tech­ni­cal ope­ra­ti­on of the TLD are some of the basic requi­re­ments for fil­ing an appli­ca­ti­on. ICANN has not published any figu­res for the cos­ts of an appli­ca­ti­on yet. But the orga­ni­sa­ti­on has said that it intends to refi­nan­ce the cos­ts which are as much as 10 mil­li­on US Dol­lars alre­a­dy with the fees that appli­cants have to provide.