New top level domains
ICANN have signed agreements for four new top level domains, all internationalized domains from the 2o12 applications for new TLDs.
They are شبكة (“network” or maybe “web” in arabic), 游戏 (“game” in chinese), онлайн and сайт (“online” and “website” in russian).
It’ll take a while for the registries to ramp up their infrastructure, but you might start seeing domains registered in these TLDs as soon as Q1 of next year. Email in internationalized domains is still not really viable, but web pages with fully internationalized URLs certainly are, and they’re likely to get much more popular with these new TLDs.
Can your message composition and reputation monitoring infrastructure handle non-ascii URLs correctly? If not, you’ve got six months or so to start getting that in place.