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Old 3rd April 2011, 05:40 PM
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Stumbling Forward Means Promoting IDNs

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Originally Posted by Andrew Mack
A couple of weeks ago during the 40th ICANN meeting in San Francisco I got up to talk at the microphone.
I spoke about the needs of developing markets on the web, about the importance of focusing on the 56% of the world that doesn't use Latin character scripts and about the struggles they still face as they go about their everyday lives — chatting, shopping or when pushed, promoting regime change — all using the internet.
I cited North African users like the Tunisians, who use both French and Arabic in all aspects of their lives, and asked simply — why not give them a break? When asking for new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), why not give them the opportunity to submit one application that covers both scripts, a packaged price that addresses both sides of their linguistic identity — as opposed to the current "one-price-fits-all" policy promoted by ICANN? Moreover, to support underserved scripts on the web generally and address the digital divide, why not offer packaged prices so that groups willing to build out in less popular Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) scripts can do so not at a $185,000 premium, but at cost.......

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