FAITID Board Chairman Attended GeoTLDs Group Meeting

21 March 2013 a meeting of the GeoTLDs Group took place in Berlin. The Group unites companies and organisations applying for geographic top-level domains according to the ICANN New gTLD Program. The event was hosted by dotBERLIN, the prospective registry for the .BERLIN TLD, and supported by the Berlin city government. The meeting was attended by the representatives of applicants for more than 30 new domains for different cities and regions around the globe.

The project for the .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА implementation was presented by Dmitry Burkov, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation  for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development. "This is the second meeting in 2013, the first one was held in Amsterdam in January," says Dmitry Burkov. "The main goal of such meetings is that applicants for new geographic TLDs can share their experience."

The Berlin meeting was dedicated to the current status and prospects of geoTLD applications’ evaluation according to the New gTLD process, ways to promote geographic strings, registration launch plans for them. The GeoTLDs Group also conducted negotiations with a number of registrars in relation to their potential accreditation in geographic domains.

Dmitry Burkov presented to his foreign colleagues a launch plan for the .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА domains and also told them about the promotion of the TLDs on the market and names’ registration fees to be effective in the extensions. He noted that these strings are to become the basis of Moscow's unified information space that will be used for the online presence of the city government, Moscow-related information and local businesses’ websites. Ultimately, the introduction of the .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА TLDs will help users to find and identify content related to the Russian capital.

Dmitry Burkov also proposed to host a GeoTLDs Group meeting in Moscow. The event is scheduled for September 2013 when Moscow will celebrate its City Day. One more GeoTLDs Group meeting this year will be held in London in June. In addition, in 2013 the Group members will also have discussions during ICANN meetings in Beijing (April), Durban (July) and Buenos Aires (November).