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ICANN allows non-Latin web Domain addresses

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced it’ll start allowing domains to be registered using non-Latin characters starting November 16 at a meeting in Seoul. “We have just made the Internet much more accessible to millions of people in regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Russia,” ICANN’s President and CEO Rod Beckstrom. Initially, it’ll allow internationalized domain names (IDNs) using scripts such as Chinese, Korean or Arabic for country code designators at end of an address name. Eventually, use of IDNs will be expanded to all types of Internet address names. ICANN was set up in 1998 and operated under aegis of U.S. Commerce Department. It decides what names can be added to Internet’s top level domains (TLDs) such as .com as well as country designations.

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