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17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

27 March 2017

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

Rising Voices

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

23 March 2017

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Rising Voices

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

15 March 2017

Poly, the Platform That Wants to Teach You Every Language in the World

Rising Voices

"We want to be more useful to the speakers of the language than the linguists, because the speakers are the ones who need it.”

20 February 2017

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Rising Voices

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

12 February 2017

A New Audio Uploading Tool for Crowdsourced Wiktionary Project in Odia Language

Rising Voices

One Global Voices contributor who's passionate about the Odia language has created an open-source solution for recording and uploading words under open licenses for projects like Wiktionary.

1 February 2017

Fake, Fraud, False, Fabricated: Finding the Vocabulary for Truth in News

NewsFrames

Dwelling on "fake news" can raise questions about the overall limitations of fact-driven reporting, but we see it as an opportunity as well.

31 January 2017

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Rising Voices

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

Rising Voices

"Language work is the best thing I can do. Who wants to go out and do other things, when I can be saving our languages?"

29 January 2017

Melania Trump Returns Gloriously to Her Homeland, Now as a Meme

During the U.S. presidential campaign, Slovenians didn't show much interest in Mrs. Trump. That changed, however, after Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Electoral College

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

29 December 2016

The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained

RuNet Echo

Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.

15 December 2016

Japan's ‘Kanji of the Year’ Choice Refers to the Olympics, Political Scandal and Trump

The kanji for "gold" was selected by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society based on the results of a nationwide poll. And now people are having fun with it.

9 December 2016

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Rising Voices

Bolivia's 37 official languages makes the country cultural and linguistically diverse. However, that diversity is not always seen on the internet.

27 November 2016

How to Use the Internet to Protect and Pass on Traditions to Malian Youth

Rising Voices

"Our mission is use information technology to preserve and promote Mali’s rich linguistic, material, and immaterial heritage."

21 October 2016

Ecuador Workshop Connects Digital Activists for the Good of the Kichwa Language On the Internet

Rising Voices

In an effort to bring together digital activists in Ecuador, a recent workshop was held in Otavalo to continue the movement to promote the Kichwa language online.

4 October 2016

The Updated Australian National Dictionary Is Here to Teach You ‘Dinkum’ Aussie English

The second edition of the Australian National Dictionary has an additional 6,000 entries from down under to help you learn the local lingo.

2 October 2016

Botched English Translation in Kyoto Implies Elderly People Are “Terrible Drivers”

"Why has the English translation ended up like this? This is offensive to elderly people and unacceptable coming from an international city."

25 September 2016

9 Things to Love About Afghanistan

Some of the world's best bread, melons and pomegranates, plus a diverse people for whom hospitality is second nature. What could possibly go wrong?

23 September 2016

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

Rising Voices

"With this keyboard, we are addressing technical barriers to the use of Yorùbá and Igbo online."

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