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ICANN runs tests for non-English domain names

AFP , VOULIAGMENI, GREECE

The organization that manages the Internet's technical core on Wednesday said it was running tests to determine whether countries can register Web addresses in their own language, an option expected to further boost the Internet's global appeal.

But the move was not without risk, as misapplication of the feature could result in the Web breaking up into unlinked components, the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said.

An increasing number of users have been requesting the right to register domain names -- online addresses such as .uk and .fr -- in their native languages, in order to open up access to the Internet to users who cannot write English.

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