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Thursday, December 8 • 16:30 - 17:00
WS142: IDNs : 'A Key to Inclusive and Multilingual Internet'

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Our workshop will primarily focus the the issue of Implementation of Multilingual Internet through IDN's (Internationalized Domain Names) so that we may connect 

remaining 57% population of the world to the internet in their local/Native language.
Many communities are actively and independently working to realize various components of multilingual internet viz. Support for Indic languages on various browsers and 

operating systems, partial support on email clients and servers, availability of software keypads and fonts for Indic languages, availability of some web content in 

local languages (though not significant), translation option from English to some of the local languages etc. 
However, there are still many challenges that need to be addressed. Broad challenges revolve around the universal acceptance of internationalized domain names, 

lack of awareness about the availability of many language tools like fonts and virtual keypads, the issue of email address internationalization, lack of 

standardization etc.
Hence, it is imperative to bring all these communities together to collectively address the challenges in creation of a multilingual ecosystem, by sharing of 

information and insights from their individual scope of work.
This workshop will ignite the thought amongst the participants to examine opportunities and challenges associated with achieving, goal of Multilingual Internet.

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Chowdhary, Harish

Batra, Mohit

Elkins, Nalini
Hariharan, Reshmi
Svancarek, Mark
Yao, Jiankang


Session Organizers
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Harish Chowdhary

Technology Analyst, National Internet Exchange of India
I am part of India's Internet Governance team that plays a pivotal role in formulating and shaping India’s Internet Governance policy. I would say my immediate as well as long-term career plans both revolve around the broad objective of serving my nation. I being an Internet Governance and an Information Security professional working with Government of India’s Ministry of Electronics & IT am well poised and on the way to achieve this goal... Read More →


Thursday December 8, 2016 16:30 - 17:00
Workshop Room 1 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

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