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23/04/24
PuntoGal supports the dissemination of Universal Acceptance

A Coruña, 23 April 2023 | PuntoGal has just participated through ICANN in the design of an awareness day for the dissemination of Universal Acceptance in our community, which took place on April 11 at the University of Vigo where the speakers made a brief tour of the origin of the Internet and the significance and importance of applying Universal Acceptance. The speakers were Andrea Becalli, from ICANN, Edita de Lorenzo, professor at the School of Telecommunications Engineering at UVigo, and Javier Fernández Fraga, from the Galician Association of Telecommunications Engineers.

In the opening speech, Rebeca Díaz highlighted the importance of Universal Acceptance in the training of students and in the internationalization of UVigo, which makes Arabic and Balkan writing systems have a stronger presence in the school. He welcomed the attendees and gave the floor to Dario Janeiro.

Janeiro stressed that the celebration of this event and another step in the commitment of the domain in a network open to all cultures and languages and the positioning of the domain as a reference actor in the field of ICT in Galicia, and emphasized framing this meeting of the UA in the overall picture of domains in various initiatives, such as collaborations with the GlobalCyberAlliance, the WomenforCyber or the Galician cybersecurity node ciber.gal, ensuring the role of PuntoGal as part of the network infrastructure.

Andrea Becalli spoke next, with a brief presentation on ICANN, its origin and how it works, including the stakeholder model. He described how the DNS works, why it is important, the multi-stakeholder process to reach consensus and make decisions and even how to participate at junior levels, an interesting perspective given the university context of the event.

Edita de Lorenzo, for her part, focused on the personal and identity component of electronic addresses and domain names, and on the evolution we are witnessing of a more technological part, the other more human, in contact with cultural and social components of civilizations, stating that telecommunications have felt for the interaction between people, so it is essential to promote respect for the diversity of opinions, cultures and identities. In the words of Edita de Lorenzo, “by natural right everyone should be able to express themselves in their own language”.In the case of the School of Telecommunications Engineering, it transmits these values on a daily basis, and universal acceptance is the way to apply them at work. Moreover, this is a competitive advantage for products and solutions developed by engineering graduates in an increasingly globalized world.

Finally, Javier Fernandez bosque, from AETG, gave a more technical view on the implications of writing in code, using simple examples, mainly in the way an e-mail message is written, packaged, routed, delivered, displayed and read, and stated that the Internet offers a unique opportunity to bring together people from different parts of the world to share ideas and experiences, but for it to be constructive and enriching, it is essential to promote an interoperability of systems that fosters an inclusive online environment. Through universal acceptance, we create a community where all voices are equally valued. “It’s up to us, as engineers, to facilitate this.”

 

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