If the Internet is to be used by everyone, content needs to be accessible in more languages. In this sense, multilingualism is an important aspect of the promotion and development of cultural diversity on the Internet as well as digital inclusion.

A report released by the UN Broadband Commission revealed that only about 5% of the world's estimated 7100 languages are represented on the Internet. It also noted that the use of the Latin script remains a challenge for many Internet users, in particular for reading domain names.

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Mr Mamadou LO

Head of Information Department, Agricultural Bank of Senegal

Mr Mamadou Lo produces a weekly and annual web review to promote Internet governance and disseminate best practices throughout Africa and in the global francophone community. Mamadou holds two Master’s degrees (one in Marketing and Communication, and the other in Information Science with a major in IT).