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ICANN To Approve Non-Latin Domain Names; Issues & Implications

(by Diwaskar Chettri & Nikhil Pahwa) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is expected to approve this week international domain names - or addresses- that can be written in non-Latin script. The proposed IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process (pdf) enable the introduction of a limited number of internationalized country-code top level domain names (IDN ccTLDs). Once implemented, this will be  the first time that users can obtain a domain name with the entire string in characters based on their native language. The process will be available to all countries and territories where the official language is based on scripts other than the Latin (extended) script. Language and Script Criteria Languages and scripts can be used for the requested TLD string if the language is an official language in the corresponding country or territory, and have legal status in the country or territory, or serve as a language of administration. The language requirement is considered verified if: --If the language is listed for the relevant country or territory as an ISO 639 language in Part Three of the Technical Reference Manual for the standardization of Geographical Names, United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names ("UNGEGN Manual"); or --If the language is listed as an administrative language for the relevant country or territory in the ISO 3166-1 standard under column 9 or 10; or --If the relevant public authority in the country or territory confirms that the language is used or served as follows, (either by letter or link to…

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