19.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO launches report on barriers to multilingual Internet

Ambitions to create a genuinely multilingual Internet are being frustrated by technical gridlocks and the solid dominance of Latin script and the English language.

Internet domains offering content in local languages and scripts need to be more user friendly if they are to challenge English’s overwhelming domination of the online world, says a report to be presented on February 26 during a conference at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters. Prepared jointly by UNESCO and EURid, the European registry of Internet Domain Names , it calls on governments and other Internet stakeholders to step up their efforts to remove current obstacles to more languages going online.

There is no reliable count of web pages in English but among users, 27% adopt English and 24% Chinese. An estimated 56% of web sites are in English.

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