UNESCO, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society (ISOC) are finalizing a framework to establish an Arabic glossary of Internet governance terms to support engagement in multi-stakeholder Internet governance processes by Arabic-speaking communities.
The initiative is in response to the fact that participation of all stakeholder and geographical communities is essential for a healthy and vibrant internet ecosystem, with evidence showing that speakers of languages where internet terminology does not exist tend to be increasingly disadvantaged in everyday conversation and professional settings, as well as in being able to participate actively in Internet governance processes.
The development follows the recent delegation of 4 new domains under ICANN new TLD programme, among which was one Arabic TLD – شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) which is the Arabic word for “Web” or “Network” to be managed by International Domain Registry Ltd.
“Internet governance sees a constant and rapid introduction of new terms and concepts. This new glossary will help ensure that Arabic-speakers have the necessary language tools to fully participate in and contribute to multistakeholder policy-making processes on various platforms, including the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF),” states the announcement.
The partners in the project seek to provide methodological assistance to Arabic-speaking countries and communities – particularly national and regional professional organizations working in the field of language policy development and Internet governance. The project will be a collaborative process involving multiple stakeholders, and will also include a public consultation.
“As an open, inclusive and fully multistakeholder process, the next step will be a call for national and regional professional organizations in the field of language policies, experts on Internet governance issues and any other volunteer experts to join efforts and consult on the development of terms for the glossary,” states the announcement.
Those interested to contribute to the implementation of the project are requested to send an expression of interest to Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg by email at: i.kasinskaite(at)unesco.org.