Universal Acceptance (UA) and the Digital Inclusion Agenda

28 February at 09:00 GMT | 17:00 SGT

Universal Acceptance or “UA” is a technical requirement that ensures all valid domain names and email addresses, regardless of script, language, or character length, can be equally used by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. UA is an integral part of the digital inclusion agenda, to ensure that everyone – regardless of language – can benefit from the global Internet communications network.

Join us for a fireside chat with Sandra Ndang from the African Centre of Advocacy (AFA)  and Edmon Chung from ICANN on how UA can foster a more inclusive digital world. As the digital landscape evolves, more organisations will need to accelerate solutions to updating outdated systems for domain names and email addresses, which in turn limit the integration of new innovative technological solutions.

What We’ll Discuss:

  • The Importance of UA: How Universal Acceptance is crucial for digital inclusivity.
  • Challenges and Solutions: Identifying obstacles to UA and strategies to overcome them.
  • Engagement and Action: The significance of stakeholder involvement in promoting UA.

This conversation aims to explore the transformative impact of Universal Acceptance (UA) on creating an equitable digital future, aligning with Access Partnership’s mission. As a leader in tech advisory, Access Partnership is dedicated to facilitating policy and regulatory environments that support UA principles, ensuring technologies are accessible to all.


  • Sandra Ndang, Advocacy Officer atAfrican Center for Advocacy (ACA)
  • Edmon Chung, Board Director at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers ICANN
  • Lim May-Ann, Director, Data Governance at Access Partnership

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