A Script for Every Surfer

The launch of the IDN test by ICANN has been widely reported around the world in many languages. The Washington Post was one of the few to have a detailed story, saying the long wait “has left many in the non-English-speaking world impatient and angry. Questions of political and linguistic sovereignty, alongside accusations of American ‘digital colonialism,’ have motivated some countries to create their own Internets, effectively mounting a challenge to the World Wide Web.”Michael Geist is quoted commenting on the difficulty for non-English speakers who says “Think of what it would be like if every time you typed out an e-mail address or visited a Web site you had to use Chinese characters or Sanskrit.” Milton L. Mueller and John Palfrey are also quoted.To see the Washington Post story, click here while another story to check out is at Computer Wire here.

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