The web will soon be a lot more accessible for more than a billion people, after the body that runs the internet’s naming system gave the green light for the use of Chinese script. Registries in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will soon officially start issuing domain names in Chinese characters following the announcement by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The ICANN announcement follows an earlier decision to allow Arabic domain names, and other non-European writing systems are expected to follow.
"One fifth of the world speaks Chinese," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s president. "That means we just increased the potential online accessibility for roughly a billion people."