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Bali Reports

APRALO: ICANN - APRALO IGF Workshop Report: Workshop # 32  "Linguistic Diversity in the Internet Root".   



AFRALO Planned Activities:



2013 IGF, Bali (Indonesia )


Title:                   "The Internet as an Engine for Growth and Advancement"

Number:               62

Status:                   Accepted as a feeder workshop to the main session on IG4D

Main Theme:         Internet Governance for Development [IG4D]

Theme Question   Pending Expansion of the Top Level Domain Space: Q1 and 2

Date:                      October 2013



Concise Description of Workshop: 

This workshop is to debate how to make the Internet an engine for development and growth by: 

 promoting the capacity building in all fields and at all levels to make the local technical staff better prepared to provide a reliable power supply and more stable and well maintained networks,  the local community able to make use of the applications made available for them to facilitate their daily life

 enhancing the production of local content in local language,

  encouraging the cooperation between all the Internet eco-system actors.  


 Organizers Name: African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO)  @ ICANN

  • Chair:          Fatimata Seye Sylla (Ms.)
  • Vice-Chair:   Tijani BEN JEMAA (Mr.)




Submitted Workshop Panelists: 


Zahid Jamil, Jamil & Jamil, Male, Private Sector, PAKISTAN, Asia-Pacific Group

Olga Cavelli, Female, Technical Community, ARGENTINA, Latin American and Caribbean Group - GRULAC

Andrew Mack, AMGLOBAL Consulting, Male, Private Sector, UNITED STATES, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG 

Fatimata Seye Sylla, AFRALO - ICANN, Female, Civil Society, SENEGAL, African Group

Sofie Maddens, Internet Society, Female, Civil Society, BELGIUM, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG


Name of Remote Moderator: 


Name of Rapporteur to the main session:



APRALO Planned Activities:


Internet Governance Forum 2013 (Bali, Indonesia)

Title:       "Linguistic Diversity in the Internet Root"                  

Organizers:        APRALO - Asia Pacific Australasia Regional At - Large Organization

Theme:            "The internet as Engine for Growth and Development"

Theme Question:    " What is the process and what are the structural constrains of the process? How was the multistakeholder model deployed in the development of the process and how will it evolve in moving forward? How will language and technical communities be engaged?     

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Room : # 1 Nusa Dua Hall 2, Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC)

Special Status:            

Workshop Description
The introduction of IDN variants in the root zone serves to enhance the Internet’s multilingualism and cultural diversity at the level of Top Level Domains (TLDs). The ICANN community has studied the viability of this introduction and has developed a process that will make it a reality. This process has implications for language communities. Language communities that share a script (e.g., Chinese, Japanese and Korean, which share the Han script) must agree on rules related to variant script characters in order to proceed. Furthermore, while allowing language communities to self-mobilize and proceed at their own pace, there are advantages to being an early participant or first mover. This process of allocating Variant TLDs in the
Internet root requires language communities to collaborate and will require effective facilitation. This joint APRALO-ICANN workshop will provide an overview of the
ICANN process, discuss the issues implicating language communities and outline the way forward.


Rinalia Abdul Rahim (ICANN At - Large Advisory Committee & APRALO Representative, Malaysia)


Workshop Role-Players
A. Moderators
• On-Site Moderator – Rinalia Abdul Rahim (ICANN At-Large Advisory
Committee & APRALO Representative, Malaysia)
• Remote Moderator – Maureen Hilyard (APRALO Representative, Cook
Islands & Board Chair, Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society)
B. Panel of Technical Experts
Ram Mohan (Chair, ICANN Board IDN Variants Working Group & Executive
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Afilias Limited)
• Andrew Sullivan (Principal Architect, Dyn, USA)
• Sarmad Hussain (Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Center of
Language Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan)
• Akshat Joshi (Project Engineer, GIST Group, Center for Development of
Advanced Computing, India)
• Edmon Chung (CEO, dotAsia & Vice-Chair, Internet Society Hong Kong)
C. Panel of Internet End User Representatives
• Mohamed El Bashir (Manager, Technical Affairs Department, ictQATAR,
• Hong Xue (Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Internet Policy &
Law, Beijing Normal University, China)
• Satish Babu (Director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source
Software, India

Remote Moderator:  Maureen Hilyard (APRALO Representative, Cook  Islands & Board Chair, Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society)

Feeder Workshop Rapporteur to Main Session:  

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