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Afilias Participates in Global Test of Multilingual IDN Email

On June 19, 2012, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) conducted the first public multilingual Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) email trials — and Afilias was one of the sponsoring participants. IDN email allows people to use almost any language in their email addresses for their user name, second-level IDN domain name and top-level IDN.

At the event, organized by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), CAS researchers sent and received emails using multiple language IDN email addresses to recipients in Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, the USA and Canada (where Afilias was the point of contact for the email.)

This event represents a significant milestone in opening the Internet to users of all languages, not just ASCII languages as before. Making multilingual IDN email work successfully is technically challenging. But thanks to the efforts of the CNNIC, in conjunction with the Internet Engineering Task Force, the IDN email standard (RFC6531) works as designed, which the world saw at this event.

Soon, people in all countries will be able to use their own language as part of their email addresses to send and receive mail, making the Internet more user friendly and diverse.

Kun Qian of Afilias' team in China said, "This event helped demonstrate the multi-language, cross-cultural capabilities that are coming to the Internet. This is an exciting time for the Internet — and it's exciting for Afilias to be part of it."

Photo from the Multilingual IDN Email Test Event – Includes Afilias' Kun Qian (far left)

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About Afilias – Afilias is the world's second largest domain registry, with more than 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a greater variety of top-level domains than any other provider, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch. Afilias' specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®.  Visit Page

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