Awareness of IDNs still low among Chinese users, reports Universal Acceptance Ambassador

Walter Wu is an Universal Acceptance Ambassador for China, as part of the Universal Acceptance steering group. The Ambassador Program draws together industry leaders who use their expertise and experience to support localised initiatives for improving Universal Acceptance. Wu spoke to the World Report team about his role. 1.     You are the co-founder […]

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Digitisation and the Preservation of Minority Languages

Emily Taylor, lead author of the World Report for Internationalised Domain Names, has spoken to EURACTIV about the link between digitisation and the preservation of minority languages. The article explores how many minority languages are at risk of extinction by the end of the century, but that they may have a chance at survival with […]

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Indonesia to register six traditional scripts as IDNs

Following the successful registration of the Hanacaraka Javanese script as an IDN, the Indonesian Domain Names Manager PANDI hope to do the same with the six traditional scripts of Sundanese, Balinese, Bengkulu’s Rejangnese, Bataknese, Buginese and Makassarese. ‘This follow up action to register all Indonesian traditional scripts as IDNs is part of cultural preservation in […]

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New IDN patent for Verisign

On 16 June 2020 Verisign was granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for Alternative character set domain name suggestion and registration using translation and transliteration. The patent describes technology to resolve an issue which has presented a barrier to Universal Acceptance, namely, the gap between IDN registration and IDN usage. Previously, […]

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Welcome to ישראל, the new IDN ccTLD for Israel!

The Israeli community will soon be able to register domain names entirely in Hebrew script, thanks to the approval of a new IDN ccTLD ישראל for Israel. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have announced the successful completion of String Evaluation of the proposed IDN ccTLD string for Israel. This is a […]

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Country-based evaluation of websites for acceptance of email addresses in 2020

The ICANN Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has released an evaluation of 1000 websites, assessing the way that they handle a variety of email addresses in different scripts. The test compared acceptance rates of Latin script email addresses – for example ‘[email protected]’ – against those of non-Latin addresses – for example, ‘广场@ua-test19.com’ or  عنوان@يو-اي-اختبار.شبكة.  For […]

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Happy 10th Birthday, .РФ!

On May 12, 2020 the Russian IDN top level domain .РФ, celebrated 10 years since it was delegated, alongside top level domains for Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia. Digital dictation, 10 years of .РФ: Internet in Russian, kicks off To mark this milestone the Russian registry for .РФ kicked off a nationwide digital dictation event, […]

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A new partner for the World Report

The Russian domain registry, Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ has joined as a partner to the annual EURid UNESCO World Report on IDNs. The announcement, made today by EURid, recognises the leading role that the Russian registry has played in the deployment of IDNs over the past decade, and its ongoing work to promote universal […]

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Promoting Universal Acceptance in Cyrillic script countries

Maria Kolesnikova is Chief Analyst at the Russian ccTLD registry, Coordination Center for TLD.RU.  She spoke to the World Report team about her role as Chair of a local initiative to promote Universal Acceptance of IDNs among countries that use Cyrillic Script. Q: Maria, you are chair of the local initiative from the Commonwealth of […]

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How Universal Acceptance of IDNs can enhance digital inclusion in Africa

Yazid Akanho, UA Ambassador for Benin, speaks to the IDN World Report Emily Taylor: Yazid, congratulations on your recent appointment as a Universal Acceptance Ambassador. What made you want to become a UA Ambassador, and what are the implications of a lack of universal acceptance from the perspective of Benin and other African countries? [Yazid […]

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