Don’t get surprised if you see domain names like नमस्ते.in or 你好.cn or sa.مرحبا. The Internet regulator of domain names, ICANN has approved plans to allow Unicode top-level domains for the first time. So now anyone can register domain names in non-Latin scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari or Hebrew.
The Fast Track Process will launch on November 16, and will allow countries and territories to apply for domain names in their native language with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). If ICANN approves the application, those countries will then be able to start approving registrations.
Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s President and CEO, speculated that the move could bring billions of more people online – people who have never used Roman characters in their daily lives, he said.