The plan would also allow for the new domain names to be internationalised, and so could be written in scripts for Asian and Arabic languages.
That has to be the asbolutely dumbest thing I've ever heard of!
I can nevigate through some sites that are not in English only because all the links are in English. If things are changed to that, people will have to install goddam language packs to get around the Internet!
Is there anyone at ICANN who still has a brain who can stop that?
And if there isn't someone at ICANN, maybe a law needs to be rushed through to stop them.