Under pressure from the international Internet community at this week's Internet Governance Forum meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers said it will fast-track the handling of country-specific Web domains and the use of local languages in domain names. The group is creating an Internationalized Domain Name task force to handle the process.
New ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush, a New Zealand lawyer who took over leadership of ICANN from departing chairman Vinton Cerf, made the announcement at the Rio event.
- CNET has this story from ZDNet Australia
- The IGF has taken issue with ICANN's dominance of domain matters