ICANN’s non-Latin domain approval

I’ve been wanting to say something about the ICANN non-Latin script domain approval move for a bit now, but found myself unsure of what to say. “Yay,” seemed trite, and “It’s about time,” is just more of my usual snark.

I think it’s a no-brainer for people with any sence of global justice issues to agree that the US government should not be “running” or “ruling” the Internet. The details get a little hairy, but really, this is the Internet folks. The world wide web made possible approzimately a gazillion-and-eight things no one thought were possible before, so pretending that figuring out how to make right-to-left and left-to-right scripts play together is beyond all the world’s geeks today is rather silly.

Further, fretting that you might have to actually learn some multilingual skills just makes you look like an ignorant American, so please just stop embarrassing us both. (as I did grow up as an ignorant American and am now an only-slightly-less-ignorant Canadian-American trying to foster a considerably-less-ignorant next generation)

I’m optimistic about the (slightly) increased distance between the US government and ICANN. I’m really interested to see where this goes, and what kind of representation non-Eurpoean countries (besides Japan) end up getting.

Finally, if you missed it, Xeni from Boing Boing did a great brief interview on this topic (the ICANN non-Latin domain ruling) on the Rachel Maddow show, and I encourage you to watch it (and not just b/c Maddow is my smarter, slicker twin!). You can link to it from this boing boing post.

-Greyson

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