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23 March 2017 04:00 (South Africa)

Egypt boosts its presence on the World Wide Web

Last month Egypt registered the world's first Internet domain name in Arabic script and it is now making its national archives available in digital format. It’s part of an initiative to boost the use of Arabic in cyberspace. Egypt is re-asserting its cultural heritage and has asked museums around the world to return priceless antiquities, including the famous Rosetta Stone, which was the key to deciphering hieroglyphic writing used in the times of the pharaohs. The country’s communications and information technology minister Tarek Kamel told Reuters that Egypt was preparing Arabic content that reflects its long history in digital form. It’s nice to be proud of your achievements in cyberspace. And the more knowledge the world gains of Egypt, the better. Read more: Reuters, BBC

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