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Keynote Address Rod Beckstrom - Turkey

Internationalized Domain Names
Change – cultural, political, social and economic - is occurring on a massive
scale, and the Internet is driving it. Commerce, culture and technology are
shared across borders, across continents, across cultural divides. In many
countries, the Internet has become as basic to daily life as transportation, water
and power systems.
The next billion users will join this online community soon, and we must make it
as easy as possible for them to do so if the Internet is to be truly global.
And the numbers are staggering: five of the top ten languages in use on the
Internet today rely on a non-Latin script: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian and
Korean, in roughly descending order. That represents 647 million users. And
another 310 million fall into the broad category of “other” languages – not in the
top ten – and many of them will also rely on non-Latin scripts.
For many millions of these users, the introduction of internationalized domain
names means they will be able to access the Internet entirely in their primary
language. 6
Under the fast track process for approval of these new domain names, we have
received 34 requests for consideration of IDN country code top-level domains.
Twenty countries and territories now have IDNs in the Internet’s root. They
include Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic and Indic scripts, together used by some three
billion people worldwide.
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