Universal Acceptance

Universal Acceptance: Making All Domains Work for Everyone

The following is a guest post by Don Hollander, Secretary General of ICANN’s Universal Acceptance Steering Group. Don Hollander is a New Zealand based former CIO for large domestic and international corporations.

Since 2010 the Domain Name System (DNS) has expanded dramatically, not only fueling competition, choice and innovation, but truly enabling a multi-lingual Internet. There are now more than a 1,500 top-level domains (TLDs), many of which are longer than the traditional two- and three-character (e.g. .com, .edu, .nz, and .org) or are in non-ASCII based scripts – such as Arabic, Cyrillic, and Thai.

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World Report on Internationalised Domain Names

The Growth of IDNs and Enhancing Linguistic Diversity in Cyberspace


Each year, EURid, the manager for the .eu and .ею top-level domains, publishes the World Report on Internationalised Domain Names (IDN), authored by Oxford Information Labs. As we look toward the 2017 report to be published later this year, we wanted to revisit some interesting findings from the 2016 report that are worth calling out. In particular, the latest report showed that IDNs (i.e., domain names in non-Latin based scripts) are growing at a rate of about 9 percent, significantly faster than the general growth of domain names.

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IDNs and Phishing: What You Need to Know

Homographic phishing efforts with IDNs are rare and not new

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are growing in popularity, a testament to their role in the expansion of the global Internet and the value they provide in connecting non-English speakers to the Web.

However, a renewed focus was raised in April 2017 of a script mixing technique that phishing scammers could potentially use to trick Internet users into visiting malicious websites.

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IDNs and Phishing: What You Need to Know

Homographic phishing efforts with IDNs are rare and not new

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are growing in popularity, a testament to their role in the expansion of the global Internet and the value they provide in connecting non-English speakers to the Web.

However, a renewed focus was raised in April 2017 of a script mixing technique that phishing scammers could potentially use to trick Internet users into visiting malicious websites.

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Universal Acceptance of Domain Names is a USD 9.8 Billion Opportunity, New Study Shows

Analysys Mason assessment underscores importance of Universal Acceptance for the expansion of the Internet

Seattle, 11 April 2017 – A new study reveals a potential USD 9.8 billion growth opportunity in online revenue through a routine update to Internet systems, including those for speakers of languages that do not use the English script.

The report from technology consulting and research firm Analysys Mason was commissioned by the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) and clearly demonstrates the economic, social and cultural benefits of Universal Acceptance (UA) of Internet domains.

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