Today marks a milestone in the history of the internet as ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has rolled out a system that allows full domain names with no Latin characters in them.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the first three countries to benefit from this advancement, while web addresses in Chinese, Thai and Tamil are soon to follow.
The new development is not an attempt to alienate Latin alphabet countries from areas of the web but a move to secure one web for all. Before ICANN allowed the country code top level domains system (CCTLDs) to go ahead there were fears that language specific mini internets might begin to be created, compartmentalising the internet and removing entire nations from the world wide web.
This latest move has been intimated by some as ‘the most significant day’ since the internet began. This is quite a statement considering the incredible growth and development of the net over the years.
More so, it feels like natural progression. As we move into Web 3.0, we have read the web, we’ve had Read/Write and now the net is about ‘Read, Write and Control.’ Interaction and inclusion are drivers behind the way the web has developed since the dawn of social networking. The advent of Control is about allowing users to choose how they engage in the global community and country code URLs are another step towards this.