English, of course. But maybe not for long....
From a CNET article titled U.N. delegates: English isn't good enough: "Divina Frau-Meigs, who teaches at the University of Paris III (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle), called for 'setting up a culture whereby you can use your own language, and that will be considered part of your human rights.'"
Until now, domains have been required to use English-language-only characters, meaning that alphabets in Cyrillic, Arabic, Kanji, or Chinese sinographs could not be used. But in recent weeks, delegates to a United Nations summit complained that "the ASCII-only choice was too English-centric and failed to respect other languages."
"This new society leaves people isolated, marginalized," said Adama Samassékou, a former Mali government official who is the president of the African Academy of Languages. "I think the digital divide is not as important as the linguistic divide. And that's the one we should be bridging in order to guarantee the democratic governance of the Internet."
So what's up? Is this a good or a bad thing? Is it political correctness or the right thing to consider? What will be the result if Domains abandon a one-language-for-all technolgy to become inclusive?
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