Since over 25 years the ccTLD community has represented the most reliable and fast lane for the online presence of local communities. ccTLD managers have been filling gaps and building bridges to ensure that Internet is adequately used at local level. Most of the ccTLDs have evolved towards multi-stakeholder models that guarantee national capacities and support local development.
The ccTLD ecosystem is likely be impacted by the launch of new TLDs, like it was recently by the advent of social media. However, certain cultural, political, administrative, financial and private bodies will always opt for the local TLD when registering a domain name and creating a service-related site. The workshop intends to investigate the reasons of this choice and explain it by examples of ccTLDs that have been and are crucial for the development of the net locally and within communities where the Internet is in its early stage.
• What is the set of specific, local needs that the local ccTLDs have looked after in the past decades
• How local TLDs represent as crucial driver in the development of the Local Internet Infrastructure
• How local TLDs can support e-inclusion
• When ccTLDs are seen more reliable than gTLDs
• Have the local TLDs survived the advent of the social media
• What is going to be the future of ccTLDs