By Ajay Data, Chair of the UASG
The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is proud to welcome six new UA Ambassadors into the UASG Ambassador Program for FY21 (July 2020-June 2021). These individuals have a wide range of expertise and experience in the domain name industry, IT, engineering, software development, and technical research, and will help support UA efforts in Benin, India, Nigeria, South Africa, and Turkey. The UA Ambassador Program now has a total of 13 ambassadors from nine different countries representing the Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and North America (NA) regions. View the full list of UA Ambassadors and their bios, here.
Universal Acceptance (UA) ensures that all domain names and email addresses, regardless of language/script or character length (e.g., .рф, .photography), are accepted by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. Technically, they must accept, validate, store, process, and display all domain names and email addresses equally, consistently, and correctly. Until UA is achieved, it is not possible to provide a consistent and positive experience for all Internet users and limits the ability for businesses and organizations to connect with global users in their chosen online identities.
The UASG Ambassador Program was created in 2018 to recruit industry leaders and UA experts who are committed to raising awareness around UA and Email Address Internationalization (EAI) within their respective spheres and to target audiences. UA Ambassadors host and attend local UA events, engage in general outreach activities, and help support the mission of the UASG. UA Ambassadors are selected by the UASG Coordination Working Group on a yearly basis. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador or wish to learn more, click here.