Canadian Domains may soon See French Accents
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced the launch of its second and final phase of consultation toward the implementation of French characters (Internationalized domain names) into .CA domains. Speculated to be employed in the distinction of French Canadian companies, the CIRA asks Canadians to provide feedback on plans for utilization later this year or in early 2013.
“Internationalized Domain Names are critical to enable Canadians to register and access domain names in both of Canada’s official languages,” says Byron Holland, CIRA’s President and CEO. “The level of response we received during the first phase of the consultation demonstrates how important this issue is to our Registrants.”
The CIRA first inquired into this possibility in September of last year. Collecting online submissions through December 5th, 2011, the CIRA’s 12-week consultation received a tremendous amount of feedback.
Those in favour of French accent availability in domains believed that its implementation would support and protect the French language as well as help provide distinction in word definition online.
“I'm in favor if this solution. Perhaps because my last name has 2 accents of a 4 letters word... Nonetheless, I do, international business in Canada and also in the 3 major French speaking provinces. You cannot imagine how many times French speaking clients asked me... eh! Can I purchase my domain with the ''é''... Even English speaking client that have a café [could use this distinction],” said one submission.
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On the other hand, those against implementation had good reasons as well. Concerns over domain registration costs and/or fraud, phishing and cybersquatting opportunities from the new domains were cited.
“I think it's a good idea to allow accented characters as an alternate spelling of non-accented ones. * But I think it would be a really bad idea to allow préside.ca and preside.ca to be two distinct domain names. All kinds of confusion will ensue. Even native speakers of French, and non-native speakers even more so, are often terrible at spelling accents right.* Allowing such domain names would also make phishing much easier. Suppose there is an entity called ottawabank.ca. In order to protect themselves from phishing attacks using internationalized domain names, this entity would now have to register 53 new domain names…If they don't register every one of them, someone will use it in a phishing attack. The cost and burden of registering 53 new domain names just to protect a single existing one is unreasonable,” said another submission.
Based on over 350 comments and 50 submissions from the first round, the CIRA has revised its proposed policy and is asking for comments on its second round of consultations. Canadians are able to comment through February 24th on this revised policy at idnconsultation.ca.
Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes.
This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.
It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting.
Helping institutions connect their students with information
“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership.
“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
Primary use cases for the chatbot include:
- Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
- Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
- Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
- Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
- Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric
Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge.
"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.