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ICANN 65 | Day 4 – Policies Around Universal Acceptance

Universal Acceptance (UA) is the state where all domain names and all email addresses can be used in all applications. With (a) the introduction of domain names in different scripts, (b) the introduction of new and longer top-level domains, and © the availability of email addresses in different scripts, not all application developers and organizations have kept their software and systems up-to-date with these changes to the domain name system. Promoting and improving Universal Acceptance is necessary to provide better access to a more diverse Internet user base, offer more choice for registration and support competition in the industry.

This session’s main purpose was to look for policies that could help UA grow faster and quicker on the ground level. The discussion was with the attendees and the distinguished speakers. Everyone had their questions and they were answered and suggestions were taken as well from the floor.

It was mentioned that all stakeholders need to play their role in achieving Universal Acceptance of domain names and email addresses. The stakeholders must include TLD operators, registrars hosting companies, and application developers. Each stakeholder needs to contribute in their own sphere for a holistic solution to the UA challenge to ensure that the Internet’s unique identifier systems continue to serve a broader and more diverse global user base.

Following were the speakers for the discussion of Universal Acceptance.












Session Leader: Maria Otanes

Staff Facilitator: Maria Otanes

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