In the Internet community there is a serious concern about China breaking away from the Internet and forming it’s own separate Internet. Some of the reasons that quickly come to mind are the censorship issues that has dominated the news, especially involving Google and Yahoo. The second issue, and one that affects other countries as well, is the issue around the use of the Latin Alphabet.
Even if a user’s native language doesn’t use the Latin Alphabet, as is the case with Chinese, Arabic, Russian, etc. the domain names must still be entered or translated into the Latin characters, so entering .com isn’t so easy in Chinese, for example. ICANN is finally buckling down and getting serious about addressing this issue to keep a single global internet.
The Guardian has an interesting article on this very topic. Click here.