The Internet today falls short of true inclusiveness and availability. However, many fundamental Internet applications still adopt English language and much of the existing Internet content and infrastructure depends on the ASCII character set which is based on the Latin characters commonly used by English speakers. It is regarded as a kind of digital gap and a main barrier for the users who do not use Latin characters to generally access and well use the Internet. For example, they have to learn a new character set to send emails, or finding the ASCII-based email addresses and domain names inconvenient. To some extent, single use of ASCII character set dose not conduce to the inclusive and sustainable development of the Internet.
With the emergence of internationalized domain names (IDN), email with Internationalized Email address (EAI), as two of the important fundamental applications, made an effective breakthrough to step over the gap. If the techs of IDN and EAI could be quickly deployed, we can enable more Internet users with unique Internet culture IDs.
Nevertheless, the deployment of EAI still remains in the initial stage and more efforts shall be made. Firstly, we should increase the awareness of its significance. Secondly, it needs to upgrade the present email system to meet EAI’s technical requirements. Thirdly, the necessary policy and special talent team shall be established.
The workshop aims to assemble relevant stakeholders to share information and best practice from the global perspective, and try to figure out next actions for the future.
Speakers provisionally confirmed:
Sullivan , Andrew