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ICANN may soon allow web addresses in local languages

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a not-for-profit organization that oversees the naming scheme for websites, is currently meeting in Seoul to discuss among other things how to allow the use of non-English based language characters in web addresses. The move is expected to vastly increase the number of internet users in global regions where languages such as Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi or Tamil are spoken.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a not-for-profit organization that oversees the naming scheme for websites, is currently meeting in Seoul to discuss among other things how to allow the use of non-English based language characters in web addresses. The move is expected to vastly increase the number of internet users in global regions where languages such as Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi or Tamil are spoken.

“This is an extremely important meeting for ICANN, since the IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) programme is moving one step closer to reshaping the global internet landscape,” Rod Beckstrom, president and CEO, ICANN, has said. “In Seoul, we plan to move forward to the next step in the internationalization of the internet, which means that eventually people from every corner of the globe will be able to navigate much of the online world using their native language scripts.”

Another major issue being discussed at the event is to allow companies to purchase new top-level domain names ending in whatever they like. At present, web addresses are limited to 21 suffixes, such as, .com (80 per cent), .net and .info, and country-specific ones like .in for India. With this change, companies and individuals can have unlimited choices such as .indian, .delhi, .gabbarsingh, .tata, .birla, .reliance or .whateveryouwant. [via Business Standard]

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