VOULIAGMENI, Greece (AP) – The organization that oversees global Internet functions warned Wednesday that a mistake in a creating more Web addresses using non-Latin letters could “permanently break the Internet.”

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, made the warning at a U.N.-organized conference on the future of the Internet.

Web sites and addresses in languages besides English are becoming increasingly important as Internet usage grows in developing countries where the Latin alphabet is often unfamiliar.

Many believe ICANN should move faster in creating non-English domain name suffixes. Unwilling to wait, China already has set up its own “.com” in Chinese within its borders, while an Arabic consortium is testing suffixes in Arabic.

KATU – Portland, Oregon – Technology

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