Samuel Chan

This Week: Localization Sprint for Internet Freedom

At Transifex, we’re lucky to work with a number of amazing organizations that are making the world a better place. One of them is Localization Lab, a global community of volunteer translators localizing Internet freedom tools. They ensure people around the world can access information online and connect with other people securely and anonymously.

Many of the tools translated by the Localization Lab protect the lives and safety of individuals – such as journalists and activists – in areas where governments might be censoring information or infringing upon human rights. Some of you might be familiar with these tools if you’re a part of the Open Technology Fund organization on Transifex.

Localization sprint

This week, Localization Lab will be hosting a localization sprint in Colombia. Translators and developers from the area will be getting together for a few days to translate into Spanish two tools used by Latin American and South American activists:

  • Umbrella, an app which provides advice for operating safely in hostile environments.
  • Level Up, a website with training resources on global digital safety.

Localization Lab is looking for volunteers from around the world to participate remotely and contribute through Transifex. You don’t have to be a developer to participate in the Localization Sprint – just a willingness to contribute! Not only will you be helping a great cause, you’ll meet some pretty great folks along the way as well.

If you’re interested in remotely taking part in this week’s Localization Sprint, please contact Localization Lab directly at They’ll get back to you with details about how you can contribute. And if you’re curious to learn more about past Localization Sprints, you can read more about them on the Localization Lab blog.

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