One internet for all: this is the motto of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) a community-led initiative founded in 2015 tasked with undertaking activities that promote Universal Acceptance (UA) of all valid domain names and email addresses. The group is made up of members from more than 120 companies (including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Verisign), governments and community groups and is supported by ICANN.
Its mission? Create a truly multilingual and digitally inclusive internet to provide the gateway to the next billion internet users!
At InterNetX, we believe everyone should be able to access the internet in their chosen online identity and local language. This is why we invited Dr. Ajay Data to our interview series “It’s all about domains!” Dr. Data is an Indian entrepreneur and Chair of UASG. He created one of the world’s first linguistic email address mobile apps for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). He’s truly an expert we are glad to host to learn more about how domains can become mean for a better inclusivity across the internet!
What does Universal Acceptance mean for the internet community?
The mission behind Universal Acceptance (UA) is straightforward: All domain names and all email addresses should be treated equally. UA is a fundamental requirement for a truly multilingual internet as it enables users around the globe to navigate and access the web in their own local language. It is vital to unlocking the potential of new generic top-level domain names and foster competition, offer choice and innovation in the domain name industry.
Imagine: how can I access a website if I don't know English or the Latin alphabet? If the users can type the domain name in their language, be it Bengali, Farsi or Tagalog, we break the language barrier and make the internet more accessible to everyone.
To achieve UA, all internet applications, software, mobile apps and systems must consistently treat all TLD names without any discrepancies. And this includes all new gTLDs and internationalized TLDs as well. They must accept, validate, store, process and display all domain names and email addresses without any failure. This is what UA is all about: making the internet a place for everyone.