Multilingualism in action: web access in local scripts

5 Oct 2015

Multilingualism is finding a bridge between the real and online worlds as a 22-member panel working with ICANN and led by a language technology expert from Pakistan 'help the non-English speaking population in India access web addresses in their local scripts', reducing barriers to access. Read the complete article.

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Multilingualism is an important aspect of the promotion and development of cultural diversity on the Internet.

Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).

 

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