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Language Justice Series: Localization for Internet Freedom Sprint

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Mozilla Toronto

366 Adelaide Street West

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Toronto, ON M5V 1R9

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Language Justice Series: Localization for Internet Freedom Sprint (Psiphon for Translators and Language Justice Activists)

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The Localization Sprint, sponsored by MCIS Language Solutions and Mozilla and facilitated by Localization Lab, is inviting professional translators and language activists to celebrate International Translation Day by:

  • Learning about censorship worldwide and its effects on individuals’ access to information;
  • Demoing Psiphon, a local, Toronto-based open source circumvention tool that is being developed to help individuals freely gain unrestricted access to the open Internet, no matter where they are; and
  • Helping to adapt this circumvention tool for communities around the globe by localizing and translating its website and user interface into languages in high demand.

The event will highlight the impact of localization, translation and interpretation services on human rights and Internet freedom, and connect professional translators with the Localization Lab community of volunteer contributors, human rights organizations and open source developers working tirelessly to adapt technology to ensure people always have secure access to information and communications free of language barriers.

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MCIS Language Solutions , a Toronto based, non-profit social enterprise providing services to over 800 agencies in 300+ languages since 1989, advocates for access to critical information (schools, job opportunities, civic/ political rights, health and legal services). Information about these vital services makes it possible for people to fully participate in civic life and for communities to remain prosperous. Our social impact strategy supports the three key areas: advocacy (programs, policy and funding for access to critical information and services such as human rights, data sharing, cross-sector collaboration, research, influencing public debates and policies); capacity (capacity of the professional language services field, specialized training, social procurement, innovation capacity) and growth (business growth to support programs, service innovation, and rights). @MCISLanguages

Localization Lab is a global community of 6000+ contributors who support the translation and localization of Internet freedom tools -- technologies that address access, security, digital literacy, and anonymity online to ensure that people around the world have safe avenues for accessing information on the Internet. Since 2012, Localization Lab has made open source technology available to underrepresented communities in 220 languages, bringing equal access to information, better representation online, and growing the user base of its supported projects. @L10nLab

Psiphon - since 2006, Psiphon has provided open access to the internet for millions of citizens around the world. Psiphon connects users with apps and content in some of the world’s most adversarial environments. Psiphon operates a secure network of constantly changing servers, and employ a variety of blocking-resistant protocols, all with the end goal of getting you access to the open internet. Since 2009, Google has counted 11 disruptions to YouTube, often in the wake of protests. The site has been blocked in varying degrees for political and social reasons in countries on all continents. Psiphon operates a secure network of constantly changing servers, and employs a variety of blocking-resistant protocols, all with the end goal of getting people access to the open Internet @PsiphonInc

Mozilla is the not-for-profit behind the Firefox browser. Mozilla believes in people over profit to give everyone more power online to ensure that the Internet remains a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Mozilla is a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future. The Mozilla Manifesto

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Mozilla Toronto

366 Adelaide Street West

#500

Toronto, ON M5V 1R9

Canada

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