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Friday, 30th October 2009

Changes to the Internet: Group Approves Non-Latin-Script Web Addresses

From the BBC News Article:

The board of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) voted at its annual meeting in Seoul to allow domain names in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts.

More than half of the 1.6 billion people who use the internet speak languages with non-Latin scripts.

It is being described as the biggest change to the way the internet works since it was created 40 years ago.

The first Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) could be in use next year.

Source: BBC News

See Also: Official ICANN Media Release Announcing the News

"This is only the first step, but it is an incredibly big one and an historic move toward the internationalization of the Internet ," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's President and CEO. "The first countries that participate will not only be providing valuable information of the operation of IDNs in the domain name system, they are also going to help to bring the first of billions more people online people who never use Roman characters in their daily lives."

See Also: Video from ICANN About Internationalized Domain Names


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