.NYC to NJ: Get Your Own Damn Dot!

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Best thing about Jersey: Great views of New York!

Look out the window right now and you'll see a giant barge floating up the Hudson River from Red Hook to Riverside. And not just any barge -- this one's been outfitted with a giant banner, draped over a stack of freight containers, that reads: ".NYC Domains at GoDaddy. SHHH -- Don't Tell Jersey."

It's promoting the new .nyc internet domain suffix, which is accessible only to residents of the five boroughs. The idea is that dot-nyc domains will bring in revenue and entice local small businesses to build an internet presence.

And apparently, the campaign is aimed at encouraging New York City residents to gloat at our neighbors a mere bridge-and-tunnel away.

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Why Were New York Government Websites Hidden From an Internet Archive for 13 Years?

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Someone in New York State government apparently didn't want the Wayback Machine archiving their goods.
The nonprofit Internet Archive has an impossibly ambitious mission: to save a copy of every last piece of the public internet, forever, and to make the records freely available for anyone to use.

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Lost Out on Sex.com? Sex.nyc Will Soon Be Available at a Domain Auction Near You

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The bidding wars for .nyc domains are about to get cah-ray-zee.
When the web address Sex.com was sold in 2012 for a reported $13 million, it was most likely the highest price ever paid for a single domain name. And precisely no one was surprised that particular address attracted the big money.

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Bad Legislation in Albany Causes Cyberbullying Law to Violate First Amendment

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In 2010, Marquan Mackey-Meggs, a 15-year-old student at Cohoes High School in Albany County, started a Facebook group called "Cohoes Flame."

On the page, according to court documents, he posted "photographs of high-school classmates and other adolescents, with detailed descriptions of their alleged sexual practices and predilections, sexual partners and other types of personal information."

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Scott Stringer Releases Report Showing Embarrassingly Slow Internet in New York's Public Schools

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a report yesterday claiming that 75 percent of New York City's public schools have Internet connections that operate at 10 megabits or less. Schools' broadband speeds must be 100 times that by 2020, according to the Obama administration's National Broadband Plan. Of the schools with the slowest speeds, the majority are clustered in, you guessed it, some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

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New York Gets Its Own Domain: Dot NYC

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The future. It's here.
In the context of Christine Quinn's State of the City address delivered in 2009 at the height of the economic downturn, her promise to get New York City its own Internet domain registration name was a trifle. After all, she was pitching a recovery plan to salvage each of the city's major agencies.

While a good deal of her promises have been left unkept, the City Council has made good on one. Yesterday the International Consortium for Assigned Names and Numbers, the New World Order-y international body that administers web address allotments, approved the city's application for the dot-nyc top-level domain name.

"New York won't just be the greatest city in the world--we'll also be the greatest city on the Internet," says Quinn, as she snapped on some goggles and flew off in a DeLorean.

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Union Square is Getting a Massive Wi-Fi Expansion in June

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The good people at the Union Square Partnership are bringing Wi-Fi to the masses. Well, at least they're expanding Union Square's Wi-Fi, which currently only serves a meager 250 people. By mid-June, though, 3,000 people in and around Union Square Park will be able to hook up to the Internet for free.

According to Jennifer Falk, executive director at the Union Square Partnership, increased use of iPhones and the like put pressure on the network they set up in 2008. So, USP contracted with Sky-Packets, which partners with the Bryant Park Restoration Group, to revamp the system. Sponsored by Beth Israel Medical Center, USP will be adding new technology to two existing antennae at the north and south ends of the park, as well as adding a third antenna at 18th and Broadway.

"This will be a 1,001 percent increase over the old system," Falk said.

People eating at outdoor cafes around the square should be able to log onto "USP Park Wifi," too. The only downside we can think of is faster video upload times for Union Square's notorious peeper population. Dammit.


What is .art? Financiers and Artists Vie for the Power to Define the Domain Name

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Art or commerce? Somebody may be the judge.
The Internet is about to radically change, and hardly anyone knows it.

Think about it like a phone system: The Internet operates on just a handful of top-level domains (TLDs) -- like .com and .org -- that function like area codes. Right now, the internet needs more of them. And pretty soon it's going to thousands of them: .law, .house, .gay, .soccer, pretty much anything you can think of. But that's not the radical part. See, unlike area codes, TLDs need someone to run them -- and the saga of .art is a microcosm of what that might mean for the artistic community, and for the Internet itself.

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The Best Passages From This Weekend's Reddit AMA With a NYC Cabbie

The Ask Me Anything forum on Reddit allows users of the insanely popular (and insanely addicting) aggregation site to propose inquiries of all shapes and sizes to the character in interest. It's a Q&A for the masses and, seriously, the "anything" is highly stressed.

By now, we're sure you've heard of it. Why? Because the President has done one. And so has a participant on MTV's deceased wonder "Pimp My Ride." Pretty much everyone currently significant in pop culture has signed on for the ride.

But, last weekend, the AMA was localized for our viewing pleasure. On Friday, the Reddit community welcomed a 26-year-old cabbie from the Big Apple with open arms. The twentysomething gave this description about himself:

I'm not the typical New York City cab driver. I'm younger and I was born and raised in the USA. I went to prep school and four year university. I have been moonlighting, sometimes heavily, for 3 years. I'm working full time now until the end of the summer when I'm quitting for good. I work the night shift.

Transportation truths we've all been thinking about definitely ensued. Here's a few that every New Yorker should read:

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Challenges to Internet Freedoms Remain With Anniversary of SOPA Defeat in the Books

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A year ago Sunday, Congress shelved the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act after millions of concerned Internet users expressed outrage over a bill they believed threatened the freedom of the Internet.

The most memorable of those expressions of outrage against SOPA came a year ago Friday when a number of the most prominent websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, participated in an Internet Blackout--urging users to reach out to their congressmen and senators to kill the bill.

In light of the recent death of dedicated Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment a little more than a week ago, and the many threats to Internet freedom that still exist--techies, activists and users alike are guarded in their celebration of last year's victories.

"What we've heard after last year is that in this legislative calendar, nobody really plans to address copyright enforcement...Even a year after the SOPA protests, it's still considered toxic on The Hill," Parker Higgins, an activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, tells the Voice. "That's a good thing, but we also know that won't last forever, and that it's not an absolute either."

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