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Wednesday, June 12 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Digital Language Divide: Why Prioritizing Underrepresented Languages Matters.

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The Internet is a powerful catalyst for social change, bringing new opportunities for sharing information and connecting social movements across continents. Access to these resources is a key determinant to socioeconomic opportunities, but many communities are met with constant language barriers as they navigate the Internet -- limiting the scope of the information available to them. As policymakers continue to address the growing digital divide, special attention must be paid to underrepresented language users who are continually relegated to the peripheries of the Internet. What obstacles do underrepresented language communities face as a result of their online exclusion? And what role can policymakers, developers, and activists play to bring linguistic diversity to the forefront? Our panel discussion brings together key stakeholders to shed light on the challenges they face, both as Internet users and as individuals working to promote their languages online. The session will discuss issues from digital security risks and economic obstacles to technical challenges when incorporating languages with no script and creating keyboards with new font types. We will also discuss the ways that communities are successfully leveraging technology to preserve and promote language.


Dragana Kaurin

Founder & Director, Localization Lab
Dragana Kaurin is a human rights researcher and ethnographer working at the intersection of technology, human rights and migration. She is the founder and executive director of Localization Lab, a non-profit organization that works on technology adoption with local communities, research... Read More →

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Mark Surman

Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it. Mark serves as Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like online privacy. Mark’s biggest... Read More →
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Nwachukwu Egbunike

Community Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Voices
My scholarly and journalist writings revolves around social media, politics/ political participation, online free speech and ethnicity. I am the author of "Hashtags: social media, politics and ethnicity in Nigeria".
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Kristen Tcherneshoff

Programs Director, Wikitongues
Let's talk about language advocacy, linguistics, Finnish culture, open-source licenses, conlanging, and Wikipedia. 

Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Adean (Palais)