Overview: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – Eastern Europe (EE) local initiative represents seven countries, including Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Latvia, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. To participate in outreach efforts, leaders of the CIS-EE initiative assembled a group of local experts and official representatives from 12 Internationalized Domain Name (IDN), country code top-level domain (ccTLD), and new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries.
Priorities: Considering the local specifics and diversity of each country, the members of this local initiative have been focused on communication and collaboration with stakeholders within their respective countries. One of their key goals is to increase awareness and trust in IDNs and new gTLDs, as well as drive a stronger demand for EAI products and services.
Activities: To achieve their goal, the local initiative planned various activities, including trainings on UA engagement, hackathons, seminars for entrepreneurs, the development of educational materials, as well as presenting at regional meetings. The most recent and successful of the activities have included:
- Updating and distributing UA content to relevant stakeholders, including translating multiple UASG reports and materials into Russian, and conducting surveys to determine IDN and software usage at the local level.
- Determining UA-readiness of high-demand software in Russia.
- Launching the Cyrillic domains and mail infrastructure development project in April 2020 (Поддерживаю.рф ) which aims to develop an ecosystem to support email services in the Cyrillic script.