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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Korea and IDNs

Korean teacher and student looking at countries on a globe through a magnifying glass

Asian ccTLD registries were early adopters of IDNs and have coordinated across language and script communities for more than 15 years. We spoke to Kim Boyoung of the Republic of Korea’s ccTLD registry, KISA, about their IDN experiences. In 2009, the Korean Internet and Security Agency (KISA) was established by integrating three governmental agencies including […]

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Highlights – World Report 2019

At the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, November 2019, the research team introduced the key findings of the annual World Report on Internationalised Domain Names. The session was well attended and there was a lively discussion on universal acceptance involving multiple stakeholders from around the world. The video below is based on our presentation at […]

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