Get ready for .中国

Now that Arabic Internet addresses have become the first non-Latin characters top-level domain names one should soon expect to see Chinese follow suit.

In fact, this makes sense. More than 800 million Internet users use languages with scripts that are not Latin-based. There is also no reason that the content of a website could be in a particular language and not its domain name.

Let’s see if this socio-technical change corrects one of the great imbalance of our time: Arabic accounts for 1% of all web content though its estimated 280 million speakers constitute 5% of the global population.

P.S.: It will be interesting to see whether China applies for both simplified and traditional Chinese characters…