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What is multilingualism all about

The word ¡°multilingualism¡± in its purest nature means application and involvement of numerous languages. The way we are basically applying this arguably ambiguous word is in the sense of practical application and integration of the usage of number of languages with wide and fair representation of the world and also without any presupposition of one superior language for the Internet.

Why is multilingualism important

It about two things in a large picture: Culture Preservation and Human Element.

[I am going to write about the speeches of the WSIS Tunis Opening Ceremony where the Swiss Federation and Utsumi highlighted the need to keepsake culture preservation and the need to consider the human element through Internet.]


History behind multilingualism

The word ¡°multilingualism¡± in its purest nature means application and involvement of numerous languages. The way we are basically applying this arguably ambiguous word is in the sense of practical application and integration of the usage of number of languages with wide and fair representation of the world and also without any presupposition of one superior language for the Internet.

How multilingualism became a buzz

If you take the view that Internet truly belongs to everyone, then it is obvious why so many inter-governmental organizations and the states are shouting for multilingual Internet. In particular, the United Nations and its suborganization began to show strong views on the concept of multilingualism.

After the first World Summit of Information Society in Geneva, back in 2003, a gathering designed by the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union, the WSIS declaration underlined the importance of multilingualism in its Declaration of Principles, ¡°[The International Coordination to provide global platform and to govern underlying technical resources] should ensure an equitable distribution of resources, facilitate access for all and ensure a stable and secure functioning of the Internet, taking into account multilingualism¡± (Insert at discretion) in Para 44.

Moreover, at the mandate of the UN Secretary-General, a Working Group of Internet Governance was formed to play the role of advisory committee for Mr. Kofi Anan.

In its final report, the WGIG has stated that ¡°s trengthening participation and coordination of all governments and all stakeholders in the governance process is required to push forward the development and implementation of MNS solutions including multilingual email addresses and key word lookup .¡± (Report of the WGIG, Chateau de Bossey, 6.18.05)

Lastly and perhaps most substantially, UNESCO, among other organizations is uniting its effort to push forth its obvious interest in the subject of multilingual content of the World Wide Web. So important, that it has published a position paper on the subject matter. Significantly, UNESCO pointed out that the current language of Internet used on the Web is not those most widely spoken the language.
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