The TLD Registry team is excited and flattered that our Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) TLDs have been featured as the current most successful IDN new gTLDs by the European Registries for Internet Domains (EURid), in their comprehensive World Report on Internationalized Domain Names 2014.
The August 2014 volume of the report is supported by the United Nations’ UNESCO, Verisign, the Council for European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR), the Latin American and Caribbean Association of cCTLDs (LACTLD), the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Association (APTLD), and the African Top Level Domain (AfTLD).
The report was created with the intention of propagating international equality within the internet’s global community. Our goal of empowering 20% of humanity to use their own great and ancient language, Chinese, in website addresses is what drives our work, and we are delighted to have been made a case study in the report.
“I believe that internationalised domain names are an essential entry point for a multilingual and inclusive Internet, and that is why we have made them an integral part of our policies to protect an Internet that is open and accessible to all”, said Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission.
TLD Registry has been championing international internet equality for seven years now, as demonstrated by our two leading IDN’s, Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website, which offers native Chinese internet users the ability to use domain names in their own language. The report gives a full analysis of the nature of IDNs — why it drives multilingualism, usage, enhancement abilities, industry opinions, new IDN gTLDs, and the industry stats. A full chapter is dedicated to universal acceptance – what it means, how it is supported, and recent developments (such as Google’s implementation of IDN email addresses in Gmail).
TLD Registry’s CMO Simon Cousins stated, "We're proud to see our Chinese IDNs under Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) highlighted as a case study in the EurID-UNESCO report. The TLD Registry team is proud of the work we do to improve the lives of vast numbers of ordinary Chinese internet users”.
The Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website case study features are mentioned in Section 8.2.5, on page 86, focusing on new IDN gTLDS. The study gives an overview of our top registrations with corresponding IDN TLDs (.在线 and .中文网). An honorable mention in Section 8.2.2, page 84 states that Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) are the “IDN new gTLDs with the highest volumes of registrations to date (May 2014)” .
TLD Registry is proud to represent the integration of internationalized domain names for the world’s Chinese language users and we thank EURid for acknowledging our work.
Amanda Ng, TLD Registry
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