The internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names, or addresses, that can be written in languages other than English, reports the Associated Press. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN—the nonprofit group that oversees domain names—is holding a meeting this week in Seoul. One of the key issues to be taken up by ICANN’s board at this week’s gathering is whether to allow, for the first time, entire internet addresses to be in scripts that are not based on Latin letters. That could open up the web to more people around the world, as addresses could be in characters as diverse as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Hindi, and Cyrillic. "This is the biggest change technically to the internet since it was invented 40 years ago," Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of the ICANN board, told reporters, calling it a "fantastically complicated technical feature." Enabling the change, Thrush said, is the creation of a translation system that allows multiple scripts to be converted to the right address…

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