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The panel will provide an update on ongoing efforts to address the Universal Acceptance of all domain names and email addresses. It will also look at ways the regional community can contribute to these efforts.

The Domain Name System (DNS) has changed dramatically over the last decade. There are now more than 1,200 active generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and some of these include domains that use non-Latin scripts and that are longer than three characters (e.g. .ไทย, .شبكة, .SPORT). Universal Acceptance is a cornerstone to a digitally inclusive Internet by ensuring all domain names and email addresses – in any language, script, or character length (e.g., .عرب .рф, .PHOTOGRAPHY) – are accepted equally by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems.


  • Mohamed Elbashir | Universal Acceptance Program Manager, ICANN (Moderator)
  • Ajay Data | UASG Chair
  • Abdelmonim Galilla | UA Ambassador
  • Cengiz Acarturk | UA Ambassador Maria Kolesnikova | Lead of Eastern Europe and Russia UA Initiatives
  • Photchanan Ratanajaipan | Lead of Thailand UA Local Initiative
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