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Digital Pakistan: Internet users can register and use websites in Urdu

ISLAMABAD: Internet users in Pakistan will now be able to register and use internet domains in Urdu as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board has passed a resolution on the Internet Registry. Minister for IT Anusha Rahman on Friday in a statement mentioned that this is an important milestone to proliferate the digitalisation in Pakistan through local content. The ministry had submitted a request in December 2016 for the internet registry in Urdu after consultation with stakeholders. Ms.…

US government cuts cord on internet oversight

WASHINGTON:┬áThe US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity. The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet's so-called "root zone." That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet's "stakeholders" -- engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and…