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Project ID: 1299408680
Entity: ictQATAR
Activity: ictQATAR Launches Qatar Domains Registry
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Activity description: One of the First in the World to Offer Arabic Domain Names was launched by the ICANN President. The Internet is one-step closer to being more accessible to speakers of Arabic in Qatar and around the world with the official launch of the Qatar Domains Registry (QDR), which was officially unveiled to the public on March 2, 2011 by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR). "The launch of the Qatar Domains Registry is a major milestone as we work to build a more digitally inclusive society. As more organizations and individuals begin adopting non-Latin domain names the Internet will literally be opened up to broad new audiences. The Arab world represents a region with enormous potential for growth both in terms of usage and the creation of new digital content, especially Arabic content," said Saleh Al-Kuwari, Chief Technical Manager at ictQATAR. ""Qatar-specific domains are a valuable asset for businesses and individuals looking to establish their online identity. Using .qa or قطر. shows you are uniquely Qatar." Qatar was one of the first countries to apply to ICANN for creation of an Arabic domain name. Currently, a number of websites are being used as pilots for the new domain names, including ictQATAR and Hukoomi. Qatar-specific Arabic domain names will be made available more broadly to government entities, and registered trademark and IP holders during the next phase of registration. By the end of August 2011, the Qatar-specific domain names will be publicly available. Rod Beckstrom, the President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the agency responsible for Internet domain names, was in Qatar for the launch. "Approval of Qatar's internationalized domain name is an acknowledgment of the country's vision and leadership," said Beckstrom. "In pursuing the IDN on behalf of its people, Qatar has recognized that the Internet is the way of the future."
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Entity from: International
Geographical coverage of the activity: Local
WSIS action lines related to this activity:
Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development [ICT for sustainable development] [National e-strategies] [Partnerships]
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 5. Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life [E-government] [E-government strategies] [E-government systems] [E-business] [Enabling environment]
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Related MDGs:
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Activity type: Guidelines, Website
Time scale: Ongoing
Partners: ICANN
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 National e-strategy: Yes
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