An Internet Governance Glossary for Arabic language speakers to enhance international cooperation

27 March 2017


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The Internet Governance Glossary (IGG) for Arabic speakers is launched to facilitate their participation and dialogue on the use of Arabic language on the Internet, in an effective and coherent manner.

The empirical evidence demonstrates that some linguistic communities could have limited opportunities to be engaged in international debates, such as the debate on internet governance, if they are not supported with suitable language tools. These communities are likely to face complications in formulating and articulating their position, contributing to debates and transmitting their messages.

The IGG is a noticeable outcome of a joint project of UNESCO, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the International Centre for Terminology (INFOTERM). The IGG is a language tool which includes more than two hundreds terms and provides concrete recommendations for the further application of the language tool at the national and regional levels. The project also aimed to define key words and phrases, thereby facilitating accurate comprehension of online terminology on the part of Arabic speakers.

In the IGG development a number of leading experts, researchers, policymakers, Internet Governance and IT sector representatives, working in the subject-area, provided their professional guidance and assisted in the validation of the “Glossary of Internet Governance terms in Arabic” (IGG).

The overall initiatives of UNESCO on the promotion of multilingualism in cyberspace are undertaken by the Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, which is responsible as well for the realization of the concept of knowledge societies that are built on the key principles of inclusion, openness, diversity and pluralism. UNESCO also monitors the implementation of UNESCO’s normative instrument "Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Access to Cyberspace”, adopted by its General Conference in 2003. UNESCO also currently develops a World Atlas of Languages.