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Local domain names to widen internet reach - Manish Dalal - Verisign

The Right to Information (RTI) Act of India, 2005, advises public authorities to provide as much information as possible to the public through various means of communication. It mandates the use of the internet as one such communication tool in making information available and accessible to all.

However, in India, the digital divide continues to be a challenge. In spite of a population of over a billion people, the total number of users accessing the internet is only around 100 million, less than 10 per cent of the entire population. Also, nearly 72 per cent of the pages on the internet are in English, while around 77 per cent of the population comprises non-English speakers. This makes the access of a predominantly English internet non-intuitive and often difficult.

Internationalised domain names (IDNs), scheduled for launch in the second half of 2011, are expected to change this trend. IDNs are domain names, or web addresses, in local languages. Historically, domain names contain American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) characters. This means domain names have used the English alphabet (a,b,c…z), numbers (0, 1…9) and the hyphen (-). While web content in various languages has been around for a long time, domain name addresses in local language scripts were launched two years ago. In October 2009, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced the launch of IDN country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), written entirely in local languages.

http://www.business-standard.com/ind...-reach/450563/
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Re: Local domain names to widen internet reach - Manish Dalal - Verisign

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Re: Local domain names to widen internet reach - Manish Dalal - Verisign

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written entirely in local languages
Why are some languages considered not local?

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