Universal Acceptance Day

At the invitation of the IGF MKD (Internet Governance Forum Macedonia), NEXT-EM attended the Universal Acceptance Day event. The event took place on March 26, 2024, in Nettavil, starting at 1:00 p.m. Led by the volunteer Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) and ICANN, UA Day is an opportunity to bring together local, regional and global communities and organizations around the world to raise awareness of UA and drive UA adoption with key stakeholders. UA Day consists of UA awareness and technical training sessions, including its UA Ambassadors and local UA initiatives, ICANN and interested global partners and organizations. The sessions aim to engage and mobilize the top technical and language communities, companies, governments and stakeholders in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry to better understand the benefits of UA and how to make their own systems ready for UA. UA is a technical requirement that ensures that all valid domain names and email addresses can be used by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. While DNS has changed in recent years, the checks used by many software applications to validate domain names and email addresses remain outdated. Many systems do not recognize or properly process new domain names. These domain names include new generic top-level domains, internationalized domain names, and country code top-level domains. Achieving UA for all valid domain names and email addresses is critical to enabling consumer choice online and achieving digital inclusion for all these users. Furthermore, there are important economic and social benefits to supporting multilingual Internet users in their ability to access and connect with e-commerce, local communities and governments, and to embrace and propagate cultural traditions through language. Universal Acceptance Day in Macedonia was marked with several sessions, presentations and discussion about what Universal Acceptance (UA) is, research regarding .MK domains, implementation of Cyrillic domains in Macedonia and a technical presentation on Universal Acceptance (UA).