ICANN to Allow Non-Latin Domain Names

If you’ve always wanted to have your own website with the address written in your own non-Latin script languages, it may soon become a reality as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  is set to allow domain names in non-Latin script.ICANN is set to hold a meeting in Seoul, particularly to discuss whether the four-decade history  of the Internet will soon be altered by allowing non-Latin scripts as domain names.

ICANN members will also deliberate on whether to allow the full internet addresses, that is including the name preceeding the “.com” to be written in other scripts not based on Latin letters.

If you’re in a country where English is not the primary language, you might as well think of the coolest domain name that you can possibly think written in your own language’s scripts.

“This is the biggest change technically to the internet since it was invented 40 years ago,” Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of the ICANN board, said, calling it a “fantastically complicated technical feature”.

Mr. Thrush is hoping the ICANN member will approve such change in domain naming. ICANN’s new president and CEO Rod Beckstorm is hoping that the first domain names in non-English scripts will go live sometime in 2010.

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