• With great enthusiasm, The Universal Acceptance (UA) Day was held on 28th March 2024 at Galle Face Hotel Sri Lanka, jointly organized by Theekshana R&D and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), promising an evening of enlightenment and innovation.
  • This Sri Lankan event was a significant gathering,  graced by the presence of the State Minister of Technology, Hon. Kanaka Herath as the Chief Guest along with the Secretary to the Ministry of Technology, Dr. Dharmasri Kumaratunge as the Guest of Honor, and Mr. Samiran Gupta the Vice President, Government, and IGO Engagement APAC & Stakeholder Engagement South Asia. Moreover, senior government officials of ICANN, along with other stakeholder organizations such as ICTA, LK Domain Registry, and various local experts participated in the event.

  • The event was streamed globally, attracting around 80 guests locally and numerous participants virtually.

  • The welcome address was done by Prof. Damitha Karunaratna, Director of Theekshana followed by the introduction to ICANN and its functions by Mr. Samiiran Gupta, and the introduction to Universal Acceptance by Mr. Champika Wijayatunga, Regional Technical Manager of ICANN.
  •  UA Compliance Guidelines and various UA adoptions in Sri Lanka were showcased during the event, including the incorporation of Sinhala and Tamil Email Addresses, UA Compliant websites, and EAI-supported Contact forms.

  • The event has ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana, COO/CTO of Theekshana and Chair of ICANN-funded Local Initiative Project, Local Language Working Group (LLWG).

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