May 28 – 29, 2019
Orea Hotel Voronez
Europe/Prague timezone

New Top Level Domains and the Issue of Universal Acceptance

May 29, 2019, 4:50 PM
Congress Hall (Orea Hotel Voronez)

Congress Hall

Orea Hotel Voronez

Krizkovskeho 47 603 73 Brno Czech Republic


This short presentation will explain how the expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS) has influenced the digital environment for Internet users.

With the introduction of new top-level domains (TLDs), such as .top, .guru or .online, competition increased and gave Internet users a greater choice to get their desired domain name. Moreover, the introduction of Top Level Domains in non-ASCII scripts (known as Internationalised Domain Names/IDNs), such as .グーグル (google) or .商标 (trademark) gives the majority of the world’s population, using non-ASCII scripts, equal opportunities of accessing the Internet.

However, to fully embrace the advantages of the expanded DNS, there is a need to comply with some technical requirements – with the so-called Universal Acceptance issue.

This presentation will highlight what ICANN and the community are doing to address this topic and how others can contribute to improving the user experience.

Primary authors

Ms Žaneta Vinopalová (ICANN, GSE Intern) Ms Gabriella Schittek (ICANN, GSE Senior Manager – Nordic & Central Europe)

Presentation materials