The first of the fast-track IDNs

ICANN shed some light on its fast-track application process today, announcing the first four countries to pass the string evaluation of the process.

Here they are:

  • Saudi Arabia (SA): السعودية
  • Egypt (EG): مصر
  • United Arab Emirates (AE): امارات
  • Russian Federation (RU): рф

I’m surprised to see China absent from this list. But there are 12 other requests behind these four.

I know it’s way too early to start predicting the rise of the Arabic-language Internet, but it’s exciting to see such interest in the Middle East.

Here’s the ICANN press release.

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