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'Africa: Universal Acceptance means digital inclusion' - ITREALMS


The principle of Universal Acceptance (UA) of the Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) has been described as an object for Africans digital inclusion, reports 


The Beninese Universal Acceptance Ambassador, Mr. Yazid Akanho made this known recently in a chat with the IDN 2020 World Report.

According to him, African continent has a lot of population who cannot read and write in the official languages using the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) characters.

ASCII is a character encoding standard for electronic communication, which represents text in computers, telecommunications equipment, and other devices.

In Africa, he said, many are literate in languages that ​​use non-Latin scripts or special characters.

UA, Akanho said, empowers these people to use Internet in their own languages ​​and preserve their respective cultural identities.

“The next billion Internet users will come from this category of people,” he said, stressing that at the moment, some 40 per cent of Africa is currently connected to Internet that’s only 10 per cent of the online population.

Also, Akanho said, the greatest potential for new users is to be found in Africa and IDNs are a means of getting them there, stressing it availed domain names and email addresses in Zulu, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa etc.

“So UA and IDNs are opportunities to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, improving digital inclusion for Africans,” Akanho submitted.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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