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Govt Working On Introducing Domain Names in Regional Languages
Accessibility is an issue of great importance to any business in any country. As a result the local government in India working with the IT ministry and the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is aiming to introduce domains in regional languages.
"There was a need for ensuring participation of all linguistic groups inside the space. The internet is a key factor in developing a more inclusive information society which stresses diversity," Information Technology Secretary Jainder Singh said here during the 31st International Public Meeting of ICANN.
ICANN is responsible for managing the internetís domain name system (DNS) and is a non-profit organisation. ICANN has already introduced test names in 13 languages including Devnagari and Tamil scripts. With the introduction of International Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) itís a clear sign of the intent for further expansion of the internet in the country. Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of ICANN Board, said adding that such a system would allow delivery of internet naming system in any language.
The secretary also called to make Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and IPv6 inter-operable. "The pool of IPv4 addresses may get exhausted in the next 3 to 4 years," he said, adding that IPv6 will expand the address space. IPv4 and IPv6 (the newest version) are versions of the protocol that enable communication between the two computers.