Within the framework of NTRA’a effective participation in the activities related to universal acceptance in collaboration with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the NTRA, in cooperation with the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Ain Shams University, hosts the Universal Acceptance Hackathon during the period from 25 to 27 August 2019 at NTRA’s premises, in the Smart Village. It is worth noting that roughly 30 contestants from Ain Shams University will participate in this event. They will be supervised by some foreign experts from the Universal Acceptance Steering Group and ICANN as speakers and evaluators of projects at the end of the competition. In fact, this competition aims to develop the skills of future software developers and raise their awareness about the significance of universal acceptance and the impact of developing Internet programs and systems to be ready to receive the internet’s next billion users.
Universal Acceptance (UA) is a universal requirement and prerequisite for attaining a truly multilingual Internet, particularly for domain names and e-mail addresses in non-Latin characters. It is mandatory to facilitate the usage of domain names and e-mail addresses in non-Latin characters as one of the most important prerequisites of the multilingual Internet in order to eliminate the obstacles that hinder the enrichment of multilingual content, and achieve universal acceptance.
As such, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has considered the development of all aspects related to Internet systems and applications, such as domain names and e-mail addresses one of the most significant criteria for universal acceptance so that they could deal in a manner consistent with both Latin and non-Latin characters in terms of their acceptance, validation, storage and processing and display.