Posts Tagged ‘blogger’

Japan: In a World with Automatic Translation

by Tomomi Sasaki - 29 November 2009
Illustration by Markus Koljonen

In a post titled I especially want to read ‘trivial information’ (“くだらない情報”こそ読んでみたい), Japanese blogger Chikirin gives a fresh perspective on what’s important or not and why.

Note: The post was translated in its entirety with permission from the blogger. All links were added by Tomomi Sasaki for reference.

You know how the online community is sometimes wowed with the emergence of services with new technologies and ideas like Google Maps, Google Earth, and YouTube? The one that I’m looking forward to the most is “Automatic Translation”.

Right now, if an English site comes up while you’re searching (in Japanese), there’s a little button that says [Translate this page]. Yes, the translation is still very underdeveloped. I’m not asking for it to be perfect, but wouldn’t it be exciting if the translation was just “a little bit better” AND automatic?

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Cuba: Blogger Yoani Sánchez Introduces Voces Cubanas

by Claudia Cadelo - 14 May 2009
Yoani Sánchez
Photo by Claudio Fuentes Madan

As a philologist and a blogger since 2007, Yoani Sánchez has been a big part of the phenomenon, which has been described by some as “blogostróika” in Cuba. Her blog Generación Y [es] is currently hosted on the portal Desde Cuba [es], which happens to be blocked within the country since the last week of March 2008. However, it is still available by anonymous proxy. Together with Reinaldo Escobar, she has helped organize the “itinerant blogger gatherings [es]” held during the past two months and is also on the jury for the blogging contest “A Virtual Island.”

She has been awarded with the Ortega and Gasset prize for journalism, the Bitácoras 2008 prize, and the BOBs organized by Deutsche Welle. On January 28, the new Voces Cubanas [es] (Cuban Voices) project was launched, which aims to gather citizen bloggers from across the island. To date, there are 8 active blogs and 15 in development.

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