International Domain Names (IDNs) and Language Rights
22 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2018
Date Written: January 22, 2018
Multilingualism on the internet has become irreversible. The numbers of web users in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish languages have grown more than a thousand percent each between 2010 and 2016 (Internet World Stats, 2016). Wikipedia, Google Translate and social media sites allow even the use of minority languages such as Catalan, Basque, Welsh and Maori (May 2012). Despite these developments, at its architectural core in the domain name system (DNS), the internet remains closed to many regional and minority languages.
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