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An interesting initiative to announce, that you may be part of:
Multilingual Internet Group (MLi Group), that has been very active since WSIS and IGF beginnings in promoting the internationalised Internet - including multilingual content and the iDNs - announces series of Summits in emerging markets to help local communities and organisations be prepared for what they call "seismic changes on the global Internet and the Birth of the Multilingual Internet Ecosystem" due to, among other circumstances, the introduction of new gTLDs.
"Today only 22 gTLDs (.com, .net, .org… etc) exist. Soon, more than a 1,000 new suffixes will be introduced. Some of these suffixes will be in languages including Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese, Urdu, Hindi and many others. In themselves, these are firsts for the Internet since its creation more than 30 years ago. They will also usher in a new Multilingual Domain Name space but not yet a full Multilingual Internet Ecosystem that can empower local communities. This seismic change will also create grave new risks, challenges and confusions but also represent great new opportunities for new innovation and services especially in the non-English-speaking world, for new local creativity, relevance and accessibility."
Read here their short announcement and an explanation to what is coming.
MLi Group has now started looking for local partners to host some of the events within the Series and engage local audience, business communities, user groups and policy makers.
Would you like to host one of these events in your country? Ping them directly (and feel free to mention that you are from Diplo alumni - should give you an "advantage" :)