Seppia GiovanniOrganizer Entity
Enhanced CooperationConsise description
Adopting the theme “Building Bridges”, the EURid-UNESCO workshop will discuss how online multilingualism can improve lives, including of those in remote communities, by applying multilingual policies at both global and local level. Broad multi-stakeholder cooperation is required to encourage sustainable development through proper economic, socio-cultural, technological and political growth. Stronger cooperation between key Internet stakeholders is essential for expanding online multilingualism.
Following the EURid-UNESCO report "IDNs, State of Play"(2011), and the 2012 World Report on IDN Deployment, the IDN World Report 2013 presents new evidence from an even broader selection of TLDs. Country case studies offer analysis of how IDNs are being used, including the IDN ccTLDs in China and South-East Asia. The workshop will explore how language barriers impact access to the Internet, and identify obstacles to greater uptake of IDNs.
Introduction by Giovanni Seppia - The World Report on IDN Deployment, Emily Taylor - Challenges to the expansion of online multilingualism, Janis Karklins - Multilingualism at the top level, Pat Kane - The .kr and .cn IDN TLD case studies, Hongbin Zhu and Minjung Park - IDNs and the World Wide Web multilingual content, Marco Pancini Open debate and questions and answers from the floor and remote participantsModerator
Giovanni SeppiaRemote Moderator
Cedric WachholzHave you organized workshops at previous IGFs?
Adopting the theme “Building Bridges”, the EURid-UNESCO workshop discussed how online multilingualism can improve lives, including of those in remote communities, by applying multilingual policies at both global and local level.
The workshop introduced the World Report 2013 on Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) deployment. The research shows very strong links between local language content, the country of hosting and IDN scripts.
IDNs are a truly enabler of local language content and their further development can bridge the gaps with those communities that are not yet adequately represented online.
Of over 250 million domain names registered in the world today, only 2% are IDNs.
Using IDNs is not yet a satisfactory experience. Both the World Report and the discussion during the workshop underlined that there is much progress to be made particularly for IDNs on mobile devices, in email (including Google's gmail) and in applications such as social networks. The presentation given by CNNIC was very valuable to highlight that a coordination of efforts to promote and support IDNs and multilingualism can have very positive effects on the Internet penetration in certain countries.
Conclusions drawn from the workshop and further comments
In the next 12 months, we will see the deployment of perhaps 100 new IDN gTLDs. 60% are in Chinese script. This expansion of the namespace may provide the motivation for vendors to improve support for IDNs. Certainly there have been signs of improvement – when we first began studying IDNs, support in desktop browsers was poor. The latest versions of all the major browsers now support IDNs well.
The main conclusions of the workshop are the following:
Giovanni SeppiaEstimate the overall number of women participants present at the session
About half of the participants were womenTo what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?
Discussion affecting gender equality and women's empowerment
It was not seen as related to the session theme and was not raised
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