The Department of Information Technology and Electronics (DeitY) will be launching Hindi language domain names on 15th August, on India's Independence Day, reported The Economic Times, citing Dr Govind, the CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). It will begin with the .Bharat domain name in Devanagari script. The government will enable Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) representation in Hindi before that. Apparently, the Prime Minister's website, currently accessible through pmindia.nic.in, will be also be accessible by typing Hindi Devanagari characters for Pradhanmantri.Bharat. At present, most online content is in English. Even in case of websites that do offer content in Indic languages the domain names are in English. Internet penetration via mobile is steadily increasing in rural areas. However most of the users in those areas aren’t proficient in English. This move by the DeitY will enable them to access websites using Hindi characters. The government is also reportedly planning to introduce domain names in other local languages - Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati and Tamil. Four years in the making Back in October 2009, C-DAC had announced that domain names in Indic languages would be debuting soon. The announcement had come after Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had declared that exclusive use of Latin characters for web addresses would be brought to an end. C-DAC had also claimed that they were ready with the technology required to effect this change. But in November 2011 C-DAC was still awaiting approval from ICANN, as reported by Business Standard. At the time…
- Explained: The G20 Task Force On Digital Public Infra for Economic Transformation, Financial Inclusion & Development April 1, 2023
- MediaNama Daily: The Great Indian Surveillance Spectacle April 1, 2023
- Are Courts Doing Enough To Question “Proportionate” Intrusions on Privacy And Other Rights? #NAMA March 31, 2023
- Why did PhonePe cancel its deal to acquire ZestMoney? March 31, 2023
- RTI: Chennai police confirms 9 drones as part of a Drone Police Unit and here’s why it’s important March 31, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
Amazon announced that it will integrate its logistics network and SmartCommerce services with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?
After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples
In the case of the ‘deemed consent' provision in the draft data protection law, brevity comes at the cost of clarity and user protection
The regulatory ambivalence around an instrument so essential to facilitate data exchange – the CM framework – is disconcerting for several reasons.
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...
Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...