The introduction of new TLDs is a key subject within ICANN and of great importance for the future development of the management of critical Internet resources. At the recent ICANN meeting in Los Angeles, the GNSO adopted a numnber of principles and policies which will lead to a broadening of the domain name space. Among other issues, which are still the subject of discussion, are gTLDs with a geographical refernece like cities, regions or whole continents. Some had been alreadz adopted - like .eu, .asia or .cat - other are in the pipeline - like .berlin, .nyc, .paris, .africa, .lac .sco etc.
The workshop will present existing and merging cases and will hear also comments from differen constutiences like public administrations, users and business.
Medienstadt Leipzig e.V (an accredited At Large Structure under ICANN) in cooperation with ECO (the German Internet Business Association), EURALO and Eurocities.
Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, University of Aarhus and Board Member of Medienstadt Leipziug e.V. as moderator
Panelists from existing GEO-TLDs:
Werner Staub for .cat
Giovanni Seppiae for .eu
Ching Chiao for .asia
Panelists from Emerging GEO-TLDs:
Thomas Loewenhaupt for .nyc
Sebastian Bacholet for .paris
Dirk Kirschenowski for .berlin
Nii Quanor for .africa
Tony Harris for .lac
Olga Cavali for .mercusor
Werner Staub for .ga, .cym, .eus and .bzh
Peter ter Reh for the Puboic Administrations (Paper)
Anette Muehlberg for the Internet Users (Paper)
Dean Ceulic for the business community
Soulezman Oumtanga for developing countries