Languages on the Move: Deploying Multilingualism on the Net

3 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Original Proposal

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Content Creation, Dissemination and Use


Sustainability and development of the Internet can only be ensured if the net becomes a truly multilingual platform which can support everyone’s right to freedom of opinion and expression online.
The workshop aims to continue the study and investigation of how Internet can become more multilingual through the full deployment of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). The yearly EURid-UNESCO World Report on IDNs in cooperation with Verisign includes new chapters about the human perception of the language in its different scripts and the introduction of the first IDN generic top-level domains. It also features an extended section on the universal acceptance of IDNs from the technical perspective. Geographical distribution and gender balance of the speakers will be one of the workshop guarantees as well as the time left for discussion with the participants.
The workshop will be organised as a round table with key speakers who have been working hard at multiple levels to ensure that Internet becomes more and more multilingual. At the time of finalising the list of the speakers, the organisers have contacted multilingual content creators to expand the discussion to the Internet multilingual content aspect.
It will be also moderated at social media level with a dedicated social media moderator.
The EURid-UNESCO World Report on IDN deployment is a yearly study that is going to be continued in the future in closer cooperation with the ccTLD regional organisations Secretariats as well as with the representatives of industry leaders who can contribute to make the Internet a truly multilingual environment. At the same time, the workshop will consider to produce a bullet point chart to be distributed at all levels to illustrate the actions that should be enforced for the aforementioned objective.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Irmgarda Kasinskaite
Intergovernmental organisation

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Workshop 88 IGF Bali -

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#multilingualism, #IDNs, #diversity, #universalacceptance, #TLDs

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

- Emily Taylor, EURid, Private sector, CONFIRMED
- Pat Kane, Verisign, Private sector, CONFIRMED
- Manal Ismail, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Egypt, Government, CONFIRMED
- Mohamed El-Bashir, Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology of Qatar, Government, CONFIRMED
-Mark McFadden, Technical community CONFIRMED
- Kim Minjee, KISA, Technical community,CONFIRMED
- Irina Danelia, Russian Coordination Center for TLD, Technical community, CONFIRMED
- Fahd Batayneh, ICANN, Technical community, CONFIRMED
- Sarah Falvey, Google
In the round table:

Peter Van Roste, CENTR, Technical community, CONFIRMED
Barrack Otieno, AFTLD, Technical community, CONFIRMED
Carolina Aguerre, LACTLD, Technical community, CONFIRMED

Name of Moderator(s)

Giovanni Seppia

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Marta Eleonora Rigoni

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

All speakers will be provided with a list of the topics to be discussed.
The on site moderator will distribute a factsheet to the audience with the objective of the panel and the discussion points.
A dedicated Facebook group will be created before the workshop to boost remote participation and engagement in the workshop theme.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The remote participation will be exploited via social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. A dedicated social media moderator will be assigned to the workshop and will follow the workshop before, during and after.

Background paper

background paper