Internationalized Domain Names


At the ICANN meeting In Seoul in October 2009, ICANN announced one of the most significant changes to the Internet in its 40 year history. By approving the use of new extensions containing non-Latin characters, ICANN not only opened the Internet up to millions, perhaps billions, of users worldwide, they also reinforced the idea that the Internet is truly a global resource.  It means that people can access it in their national language, even if that language uses non-Latin characters, like Greek, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Korean, or a host of many others.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but the Internet is truly becoming a resource for all of us, regardless of place of residence or the language we speak. This is important for Canadians. Canada is a multicultural country. We are one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. Half of the population of our largest city, Toronto, were born outside of Canada. Statistics Canada estimates that by 2017, that there will be 1.8 million people of Chinese descent in Canada.

ICANN put together a great video about IDNs, and what this decision means. One line from the video that resonates for me is, “it’s one step at making the Internet equally accessible for everyone.”  You can find it here.

I think ICANN’s decision is a step forward in advancing the Internet as being accessible to all. What do you think?

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  • Jim

    Just about every country is multicultural. While ICANN spend all that time and money on new extensions, people all over the world are learning to speak English. While Canada boats of being multicultural, our own heritage is being run over.

    If ICANN wanted to truly make it’s expensive self useful, it might start policing underhanded registrars and hosting outfits.

    CIRA could earn it’s keep by helping to protect .CA’ers from hackers, domain thieves, and the monopoly the two giants Shaw and Rodgers have over over-pricing.
    CIRA has been building a huge fund that as I understand it, is reserves. Reserves are set aside to build future infrastructure. In our case, it will be used to build CIRA/Internet infrastructure for who – some of the 1.8 million Chinese immigrants?

    If it wasn’t for Christmas, there’d be no Happy Holidays! so – Merry Christmas.

  • Byron

    Hi Jim,
    There is no doubt that the first Billion Internet users were fluent in English, but to get the next Billion people online the Internet will have to be more linguistically diverse – which is what the IDN process is all about.

    ICANN has been playing stronger enforcement role recently than it has in the past. If you have a specific problem with an ICANN accredited registrar, you can make a complaint which ICANN will follow up with ( ).

    CIRA does take its security role seriously. We are one of the safest registries in the world and we have never had a hijacked domain.

    As far as ISP pricing goes – thats a little out of our domain.

    Merry Christmas

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