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U.N. Delegates: English Only Internet Isn't Good Enough

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Webwork

3:56 pm on Nov 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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[news.com.com...]

Linguistic diversity should be "the key principle of Internet governance," said Elizabeth Longworth, a former New Zealand government official who's the executive director of the office of the director-general at Unesco.

"Without diversity on the Internet, you cannot have access, you cannot have participation," Longworth said.

I've always held great hopee for the WWW bringing us - the people of the world - together in new ways.

I keep waiting for effective "on the fly" machine translation of language so that I might hold a somewhat accurate real-time conversation with someone in China or Japan. I think that would be the neatest thing.

So, here we are: Internet standards built around English. No surprise since the technology was developed in an English speaking nation.

Now the world wants to connect. Fair enough. We have to start the global conversation by enabling people to access the WWW in their own language, don't we? I think so.

So many changes and challenges on the road ahead.

Please, if you wish to comment - keep the politics out of the dialogue.

[edited by: Webwork at 3:58 pm (utc) on Nov. 1, 2006]

davezan

4:29 am on Nov 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We have to start the global conversation by enabling people to access the WWW in their own language, don't we?

I don't see why not. It's technically feasible, it's just a matter of someone wanting to do it.

But of course, what's in it for them. That's where it really boils down to, doesn't it?

Interests, interests...

DonMateo

9:33 am on Nov 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Internet standards built around English. No surprise since the technology was developed in an English speaking nation.

True, though the World Wide Web was born at CERN in Switzerland - a country with 4 national languages. I think that English was already established as a (quasi)standard for international communication in the sciences and business by then.

 

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