About the IDN World Report

The IDN World Report is a long-standing research project of EURid, UNESCO and Verisign. The project started in 2011, and is supported by the regional ccTLD organisations CENTR, APTLD and LACTLD, and by numerous individual ccTLD registries who share data each year on their IDN experiences.

The IDN World Report is the initiative of EURid.  EURid provides financial support for the research, editorial input and strategic direction for the project. EURid is committed to enhancing multilingualism in cyberspace. EURid provides customer support and documentation in the European Union’s 24 official languages.  To reflect the scripts used in the European Union, EURid has supported internationalised domain names (IDN) in Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts at the second level under .eu since 2009. In the same year, EURid also applied to ICANN for the Greek and Cyrillic script equivalents of ‘eu’ at the top level.  In 2016 it launch registrations under .ею (.eu in Cyrillic) and will launch the long-awaited .ευ (Greek script) in late 2019.

UNESCO is responsible for reporting on the implementation of WSIS action line C8 (Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content), and adopted the Recommendation concerning the promotion and use of multilingualism and universal access to cyberspace (2003), and is one of the founding partners of the IDN World Report.

Verisign launched IDNs at the second level under .com and .net in 2000, and in 2016 launched a variety of IDN top level domain equivalents for .com and .net.  Verisign joined the research project in 2012, and provides financial support for the technical analysis.