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ICANN boss talks about future

Fadi Chehade, chief executive officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), said market demand for top-level domain names had been growing steadily around the world. In an interview with ‘Taipei Times’ staff reporter Helen Ku on Thursday last week, Chehade talked about the US’ long-term plan to hand over its stewardship of ICANN and the expansion in domain name

My gut feeling is that we should do it because it’s a fair thing to do. There are very few applications in Africa and Latin America. I think if we open it, there’ll be many more. When I went to Dubai, hundreds of companies said they were ready to apply to have Arabic-letter names, because many of the hundreds of millions of people living in the Middle East don’t speak English.

TT: What about domain names in Chinese characters?

Chehade: We received 116 applications for domain names that are in non-Latin scripts. There are 12 languages, such as Korean, Chinese and Arabic. Up to 90 percent are for Chinese domain names. I’m happy about that because that’s another proof that ICANN wants to become global and wants to embrace Asia.

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