Fattal - Khaled

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Khaled Fattal is Group Chairman of The Multilingual Internet group (www.MLiGrp.com) which consists of a number of companies and an NGO with the mission to empower and link the emerging markets of billions of current and future non-English Internet users with the English Internet and the rest of the world. Fattal has been very active in empowering the non- English speaking world on the Internet since the late 1990s, and has led on Multilingualizing the English Internet at United Nations Processes, ICANN and many others. As MINC Chairman, he was directly involved in the UN WSIS process (2001-2005) and was instrumental in securing the clause on “Multilingualism of the Net” in the UN Geneva WSIS Declaration of Principles of December 2003. He was invited by the UN to participate in the first ever UN Internet Governance Consultations in New York in 2004. He has also served, since 2005, on the ICANN President’s Advisory Committee on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). The fruits of all these efforts have today started springing up through local language Domain Names also known as IDNs in many Country Codes around the world in Russian, Indian, Arabic and Chinese languages, and very soon under ICANN’s New gTLDs program with IDN gTLDs where the majority of the next multi-billion Internet users will come from. Today some of his companies play a significant role in empowerment of local communities. His Live Multilingual Translator (LMT) brought coverage of the 2008-2009 US elections Arabic audiences by translating western news and English websites live, and translates the UN IGF website into to Arabic. In addition, LMT is embedded in the Ankabooot global social network to further help users to break language barriers and access content various languages. Fattal also launched in 2010 the first localized SSL certification called Arabic.