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Workshop Proposals 2011


Workshop Number: 25 Jump to report

Title: Internationalized Domain Names “IDN”: Implementations, Experiences and Challenges

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Concise Description:
In October 2009, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the creation of internationalized country code top-level domains (IDN ccTLDs) in the Internet that use the IDNA standard for native language scripts. In May 2010 the first IDN ccTLD were delegated in the Internet DNS root.

For the First Time in Internet History, Internet users are now able to browse and use the internet domain name system “DNS” in their native languages, having a multilingual DNS will have an economic, social and linguistic effects on the global internet users access to the internet specially the developing countries. IDNs are expected to facilitate easily internet access to a more wider population and encourage more local content development .

The workshop objective is to present the current status of IDN implementations, sharing the best practices and experiences of IDN Top Level Domains Operators and identifying the key challenges facing IDN adoption. The speakers will exchange their experiences in implementing and Operating IDN ccTLDs, show best practices and outline the challenges that might prevent the successful adoptions of IDNs.

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Managing Critical Internet Resources

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? No
If so, please provide the link to the report:
No link to this report

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
Ram Mohan is Executive Vice President, & Chief Technology Officer of Afilias
Baher Esmat, ICANN Middle East Region Manager
Mohamed El Bashir, Manager of Numbering, Internet and Interconnection ictQATAR( Qatar IDN ccTLD Operator )
Mohammad Al Zarooni, Director, .AE Domain Name Administration
Jian Zhang, General Manager, ApTLD
Irina Danelia, Coordination Center for TLD RU
Xiaodong Lee, Chief Technology Officer , China Internet Network Information Center “CNNIC”
Mina Nagi Takla, ictQATAR ( Remote Participation and Social Media moderator ).


Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
ictQATAR “ The Supreme Council of Information & Communication Technologies, State of Qatar”, Qatar’s IDN ccTLD Registry .

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers “ICANN”

Organization:: ictQATAR “ The Supreme Council of Information & Communication Technologies, State of Qatar”

Contact Person: Mohamed El Bashir

Reported by: Mohammad Bashir

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A brief substantive summary and the main events that were raised:
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Conclusions and further comments:
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