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Re: Eurid releases report on the growth of multilingualism on the Internet

http://www.euractiv.com/infosociety/internet-multilingual-study-news-515882


The internet is becoming more multilingual: Study

Internationalised domain names (IDNs), which are seen as an essential building block for creating a multilingual internet, are growing in number, according to a new report.



The EURid-UNESCO World report on Internationalised Domain Names includes data drawn from 90% of the world’s top domains.
The report, published Tuesday (6 November), also uses case studies from Egypt, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
It concludes that there is a significant correlation between IDNs and local content.
EURid is a non-profit organisation that operates the .eu top-level domain.
Within the past two years since IDNs have become available, at least 3.5 million have been registered since 2005. The countries that have embraced IDNs at the top level include Russia and the South Korea, which together have seen approximately one million registrations so far.
“The introduction of internationalised domain names at country level was a very positive development towards fostering multilingualism in cyberspace and providing new opportunities to access information for those who do not use the Latin script in their language," said Janis Karklins, assistant director-general for communication and information at UNESCO.
"UNESCO is working with various partners to turn this opportunity to the advantage of people around the world,” Karklins added.
The European Commission, while stressing its supporting role behind the member states, says it regards respect for linguistic diversity as a core value of the European Union.
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