.berlin und die Entwicklung hin zu regionalen Namenräumen (Top-Level-Domains) wurde auch noch einmal von Nitin Desai (United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Internet Governance) und Wolfgang Kleinwächter (Special Advisor to the Secretary-General) in der Zusammenfassung des Internet Governance Forums in Rio de Janeiro aufgegriffen:
NITIN DESAI: I now have Wolfgang Kleinwächter, on the broadening of the domain name space.
WOLFGANG KLEINWÄCHTER: Good morning, everybody. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My name is Wolfgang Kleinwächter, from the University of Aarhus. I was, together with five other organizations, the convenor of a workshop on the critical Internet resources on broadening the domain name space, top-level domains for city, regions, and continents. It was the first summit of projects of TLDs existing in emerging projects of top-level domains which has a reference to a geographic name, city, region, or something else. And we started with the presentation of three existing top-level domains, dot EU, dot Asia, and dot cat, for Catalonia. And then we had the presentation of emerging projects, which included cities, regions, and continents. It was done dot NYC for New York City, dot Berlin, dot Paris, dot cym for Wales, dot GAL for Galicia. Dot BTN for Britannia, and dot (saying name) for a group of Latin American countries, dot lat also for Latin American countries, and dot Africa. And then we had a discussion about whether it makes sense or not to have such kind of new top-level domains in the process of the introduction of new gTLDs.
We heard comments from the user community, the individual users and the business users. And then we had a nice discussion with members from the audience. We had around 130 people in the room. And the three messages from the workshop are, one, there is a growing wave of projects, you know, for new top-level domains which have geographical element in it. And this is seen as a new opportunity for global cultural branding and for the stimulation of new local business and for giving the consumer more choices. Number two, geoTLDs would enrich the domain name system, would introduce a new elements in the DNS, and would give users more choice. And the third message is, ICANN should speed
up its procedures and to open the door for the accreditation of new gTLDs as soon as possible and to include geoTLDs into this process. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.