March 23, 2015


Protecting Internet Freedom with Localization Tools

MarketWired – MANILA, PHILIPPINES – March 23, 2015

Transifex, a leading Localization Automation Platform (LAP) for modern technology companies, and The Localization Lab, an OTF-sponsored initiative for localization and usability of Internet Freedom Tools (IFTs), will join digital rights activists, companies, government officials, technologists, and academics at RightsCon 2015 in Manila to help protect Internet freedom through localization. The Localization Lab, which is built on the Transifex Localization Automation Platform, will also host a Localization Sprint in April to build on the work done at RightsCon, uniting translators and developers from around the world to translate Internet freedom tools.

The Localization Sprint will build on the relationships and partnerships established at RightsCon in Manila. It will take place in late April and focus on translating Tails, a live operating system that preserves privacy and anonymity to circumvent censorship, into Farsi, Urdu, Thai, Tagalog, and Vietnamese simultaneously. A community of translators and developers will gather in one room and work side-by-side — much like a hackathon — to rapidly translate content. The translators and developers will be able to view their content in-context in real-time using Transifex Live on screen.

“Internet freedom is a real issue in countries where people literally lose their lives for expressing their opinions or even just reporting the news,” said Dragana Kaurin, Localization Lab Manager. “Our mission is to make the Internet freedom community open to everyone to participate, contribute, and collaborate on real-world tech problems of circumventions, privacy, and transparency. Of course, everyone should have the right to communicate and request information privately, but also to participate in the dialogue on how these policies affect them.”

“The Localization Lab for Internet freedom tools has a profound impact on real people’s lives,” said Dimitris Glezos, founder and CEO at Transifex. “What began more than two years ago has become a movement with a huge group of users committed to localizing open source Internet freedom technology. RightsCon is about the intersection of technology and human rights. We are truly honored to be a part of this work with SecondMuse.”

“When localizing content into different languages, context is extremely important,” added Kaurin. “If words such as ‘cancel,’ ‘abort,’ or ‘delete’ are translated the wrong way, they can have very different meanings in different languages. Transifex Live gives immediate feedback so you can check context right away rather than waiting for days or weeks to go back and forth with a translator, the way localization used to be done. Transifex’s Localization Automation Platform is a godsend with instant gratification!”

Members of the Localization Lab community will be in “The Demo Room” at RightsCon March 24-25 sharing an interactive demo in the category of “Technology for Advancing Human Rights” with other liberation technologies from around the world.

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