Bridging the Digital Gap: Language Barriers

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices and research fellow at the Berkman Center, joins us weekly in November to talk about the global impact of social media.

This week's topic: crossing language barriers.

Check out, a website that uses machine-assisted translation technology to bring together English and Arabic speakers.


Ethan Zuckerman

Comments [7]

Mehmet Kucukozer from Bayside, NY


Your tepid defense of MEMRI--established by former Israeli military men of strong right-wing persuasions--offends me considering that it's sole purpose is to demonize Muslims and Arabs.

Since we are attacking political correctness lately, maybe we need more varied voices on at WNYC rather than just Jewish ones, i.e., you and Leonard Lopate. Maybe then I would financially support the station.

Nov. 12 2009 07:04 PM
andrea from Manhattan

I live in Manhattan Plaza and this building went from failed luxury housing to Section 8 housing in the 1970s, I hope your guests will look to the "Miracle on 42nd Street" as a model for their proposal. Not everyone will be able to afford a mortgage, rental housing should also be considered.

Nov. 12 2009 11:43 AM
Christina from New York

Hi Brian,

the website led me to a site for startpage but it is in Korean not Chinese. Could you post the site name again?

Nov. 12 2009 11:02 AM
jeanette from croton on hudson

What is the URL for the website mentioned on your show that translates from Persian to English?

Nov. 12 2009 10:58 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

MEMRI is notorious for its violently pro-Israel bias and terrible translation. Check to see what Juan Cole, Edward Said, Noam Chomsky and many others -- all mentioned here fluent in Arabic -- have had to say on MEMRI's vicious anti-Arab racism.

Nov. 12 2009 10:58 AM
RJ from brooklyn

There's also Words without Borders, which features translations of books; only approximately 1% of non-English books are translated and available for US audiences.

Nov. 12 2009 10:53 AM

If a Muslim committed that crime would it then be ok because it would be considered an "honor killing" according to Sharia law?

Nov. 12 2009 10:50 AM

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