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The organization responsible for managing the assignment of domain names and IP addresses has approved a new plan to allow non-Latin characters in Web extensions.

Known as Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), the system is designed to globalize the Net so regions around the world can use their own local alphabet characters to surf in cyberspace, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, said Friday.

I’m pretty conflicted on this. It’s going to be a technical nightmare and it will segment the web horribly, further dividing up information along language barriers. Having said that, there’s no reason that the billion Chinese speakers online should have to know my alphabet; I’m certainly not going to learn theirs.

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