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Tuesday, July 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
#WS16 Meaningful Access to the Internet in local languages with Universal Acceptance (UA)

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The internet is meaningful when people not only access the internet, but also experience the full benefits of the internet in their own language. This is possible by achieving Universal Acceptance (UA) globally.
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Nelson Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” --------
The majority of the world does not speak English as a first language. There are billions of people who prefer to read, write, and communicate in languages other than English, such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, or in other scripts.
“The Internet is for all”. It is not only for English speaking people. What “Internet For All” means is that everyone in this global Internet can find themselves with their own identity, language and script for their chosen domain name and e-mail address. The internet is meaningful when people not only access the internet, but also experience the full benefits of the internet in their own language. This is possible by achieving Universal Acceptance (UA) globally.
Universal Acceptance is the cornerstone to a multilingual Internet by ensuring all domain names and email addresses - in any language, script, or character length (e.g., .Africa, .рф, .Photography) - are accepted equally by all Internet-enabled applications, devices and systems. Achieving UA ensures every person has the ability to navigate and communicate on the Internet using their chosen domain name and email address that best aligns with their interests, business, culture, language and script. With Universal Acceptance, the Internet can become meaningful, and this is possible if all of us contribute. If one system supports Universal Acceptance, but the other does not, the machines connected to the internet cannot communicate with each other. Universal Acceptance cannot be achieved by just one person or entity. To make the internet Universal Acceptance ready, It requires efforts by all of us.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Kolesnikova

Maria Kolesnikova

head of marketing, external relations and projects, TLD .RU/.РФ
Maria Kolesnikova has a wide range of experience in information technologies,communications and marketing.She has been working for the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ as a head ofmarketing, external relations and projects since 2007. She has also managedvarious regional and... Read More →
avatar for Poncelet O. Ileleji

Poncelet O. Ileleji

Lead / CEO, Jokkolabs Banjul
Poncelet O. Ileleji is a Computer Scientist by Profession with over 25 years in the field; he has been involvedwith the use of ICT as a tool for sustainable development both as the Lead / CEO of JokkolabsBanjul(www.jokkolabs.net), in The Gambia and on the board of the Jokkolabs global... Read More →
avatar for Abdulkarim Ayopo Oloyede

Abdulkarim Ayopo Oloyede

University of Ilorin, Lecturer
Based in Nigeria, Abdulkarim Ayopo Oloyede is focused on supporting and building the next generation of Internet users and networks through teaching, conducting research, and telecommunication consulting. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Nigerian Communications... Read More →
avatar for Raymond Mamattah

Raymond Mamattah

President, E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa (EGIGFA)
Raymond Mamattah / Vice Chair, Communications Working GroupRaymond Mamattah is the founder and President of the E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa (EGIGFA), a civil society that engages in Internet governance advocacy. He leads his team at EGIGFA to engage... Read More →
avatar for Nabil Benamar

Nabil Benamar

Professor, computer science
Nabil Benamar / Chair, Measurement Working GroupNabil Benamar is a professor of computer sciences. His main research topics are IPv6, vehicular networks, DTNs, IoT, and IDNs. He is the author of several journal papers and IETF Standard documents. He is an Associate Editor of the “IEEE... Read More →
avatar for Abdalmonem Galila

Abdalmonem Galila

Numbering Planning Manager at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority, .م ر ص (.masr) Internationalized Domain Name (IDN)
Abdalmonem Galila is the Numbering Planning Manager at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt and is responsible for managing the Internationalized Top-Level ccTLD of Egypt (.مصر).He is a strong supporter of Universal Acceptance as well as the use of the Arabic Script... Read More →
avatar for Hadia Elminiawi

Hadia Elminiawi

Chief Expert, National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA)
Hadia Elminiawi is the Chief Expert at the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA), leading the DNS–Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC) founded by NTRA and ICANN to foster the domain name industry in Africa and the Middle East. Hadia has spent most of her career... Read More →


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