Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development

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Type: Non Profit Organization
Industry: Internet
Founded: 2011
Headquarters: 2 Marshala Zhukova Prospekt, 123308 Moscow
Country: Russia
Email: info[at]
Facebook: FAITID
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@FAITID
Key People
Dmitry Burkov, Chairman

The Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID) is non-profit organization responsible in implementing initiatives aimed to increase the use of internet in Russian communities and around the world. The organization was established in 2011. Dmitry Burkov serves Chairman of the FAITID Board. [1]

New gTLD Applications

FAITID submitted its application for the .moscow and .москва (Russian translation for Moscow) geographical TLDs on April 12, 2012. The organization submitted its applications for the TLDs in Latin and Cyrillic scripts. The requirements for the application was prepared through the collaboration of Sedari, a TLD consulting, management and technology firm expert in ICANN process and the ISC Consortium, which provides technical assistance. According to FAITID, the standard price per domain names registered under the .moscow and .москва strings will be around 600 Roubles (20$). [2] [3]

Background of the .moscow (.москва) Project

In 2010, the Coordination Center for TLD RU (CC for TLD RU), the registry operator of .ru ccTLD and .РФ IDN ccTLD initiated the .moscow (.москва) project. The CC for TLD RU proposed the project to the different government agencies in Moscow including the creation of a special community council to administer it. [4]

Following the CC for TLD RU's proposal, the Moskovskiy Komsomolets, one of the leading news paper in Russia launched a survey about the project on its website to gather the opinion of the citizens in Moscow. The survey was implement from September 2 until October 1, 2010. [5] Thousands of citizens responded and supported the project. The Moscow Department of Culture and Moscow Department of Support and Development of Small and Middle Entrepreneurship (DSDSME) also supported the project and expressed their willingness to participate in creating a Community Council that will handle the application for the TLDs with ICANN.[6] FAITID was established and took over the responsibility to manage the .moscow/москва project. [7]

Since the inception of the .moscow (.москва) project, it was presented to the different international internet conferences and symposiums particularly during ICANN meetings. It was introduced during the 2010 RIPE NCC Moscow Regional Meeting, [8] ICANN 40 Meeting in San Francisco and [9] at the ICANN 43 Meeting in Costa Rica [10] and during the international domain forum in Bulgaria. [11]

.volga TLD Project

The organization is also planning to apply for the .volga geographical TLD during the second round of ICANN's new gTLD expansion program. The .volga TLD will represent the lower and middle territories located in the great Russian river Volga and to help boost the businesses and internet technology developments in the area. [12]

The WebHiTech

Apart from developing TLDs, the organization also support and promote the development of standards in web programming to improve the accessibility and usability of websites through its WebHiTech. Different activities such as workshops, forums and contests are implemented for web developers in the community to facilities continuous interaction and to find the most technologically advanced websites. [13]

The Russian Cultural Linguistic Internet Domains (RUCLID) Project

The RUCLID Project is dedicated in implementing TLDs to represent the Russian cultural linguistics. [14]

Members of the FAITID Board

  • Dmitry Vladimirovich Burkov, Chairman
  • Alexander Valerievich Panov, President
  • Vasily Vadimovich Dolmatov, Board Member
  • Pavel Bronislavovich Khramtsov, Board Member

Member of the Board of Trustees

  • Artem Ermolaev, Head of Moscow Information Technologies Department
  • Andrey Kondakov, Co-founder of Zenon N.S.P
  • Sergey Sharikov, Head of Automated Projection System and Automated Management System in Aviation Design Office
  • Alexey Skvortsov, Member of Board of Trustees in Friendly Runet Foundation
  • Mikhail Yakushev, Co-founder and a member of the Council of Information Society Development Institute.