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Multi-billion Internet - local players required

  • To: <3gtld-intro@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Multi-billion Internet - local players required
  • From: <ritva.siren@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:04:21 +0200

I?m writing this as an individual and as a non-native English speaker.
Several forms of the Internet culture are not yet very strong in non-English
societies. The domain naming business and culture is one of those.

Ron Andruff wrote:
?Allowing community-based gTLD operators to offer registrants their chosen
domain names in the languages and/or scripts they choose is the critical
component of a global, multi-lingual Internet.?

Taking, what is proposed here too far, would easily lead into Americans or
English speakers in general taking an area of Internet as a hostage without
having a real business interest or often even a capability to run the
business globally. I do understand the wish to have as many script versions
as possible for the original operator of .sport or .hotel or other similar
gTLDs. However, it?s my opinion, that similar scrutiny must be followed with
the translation versions of the TLDs as with the original one. Is the
supporting community really active in the proposed language areas? Does the
applicant have support from the community in question also from  the
requested language group? Does the applicant have finances, interest,
language capabilities, cultural knowledge and understanding, i.e. resources
to implement the language versions of the TLD professionally and servicing
the local communities e.g. in Finland, in France or in Thailand with
sufficient energy and support to really enhance the business area in
question? Even large global companies still often fail in their efforts to
service international communities with multiple languages. Can a relatively
small domain holder succeed in that without stalling the development in
non-English markets?

Wider language rights should be granted only if the supporting community is
truly global and globally respected and recognized and active in the
requested languages.

Ritva Sirén
NovoRET Oy

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