The Internet's Linguistic Expansion: 外贾.us?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Today, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is expected to approve a decision that will allow non-Latin letters to be used in internet domain names. It’s a significant change in how people will access the Internet, but Takeaway technology contributor Queena Kim says it might not be such a great one – at least for web surfers in the United States.

“It’s a great win for the 60 percent of Internet users out there who don’t speak English and don’t use Roman characters.”
—Queena Kim, Takeaway technology contributor, on Internet authority ICANN approving the use of non-Roman characters in website URLs and other domain names


Queena Kim

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What a wonderful opportunity for us foreign-language phobic Americans, living in our English-speaking bubble.

Yes, it will slow us down--at first. But--for those who choose to be led by our natural curiosity (instead of our natural fear)--this new development on internet could open new worlds of understanding.

Oct. 30 2009 08:51 AM

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