Pre 09 2022

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20 June 2022 | 11:15 - 12:45 CEST | SISSA Main Auditorium
Consolidated programme 2022 overview / Day 0

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Working title: Multilingualism on the Internet
Proposals: #6 #28 (#57)

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Session teaser

At the start of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032, the question of multilingualism online, especially from the perspective of internet governance, rings louder. While the internet was conceived to be a great equalizer providing unfettered access to information for people worldwide, much of the information available online are in dominant languages, creating gaps in access for indigenous peoples and other minority language users to embrace the full potential of the internet. The session on Multilingualism on the Internet will explore the role of the internet in promoting linguistic diversity. The session will also delve into the issue of multilingualism in the infrastructure of the internet, as well as other barriers that impede a truly multilingual internet. To achieve an equitable Internet, efforts have focused on the language of Domain Name Systems and other hierarchical structures that piece the internet together. But while there is a critical need to address the multilingualism of the internet protocol suite and resolve the problem of the lack of linguistic diversity at its core, what about the other barriers that hinder meaning access to the internet for users of such languages? A truly multilingual Internet is about giving a voice to people in their own languages, which provides them with all the possibilities of participating online, producing knowledge and occupying spaces. The session will thus inquire into the challenges that limit the meaningful participating of non-dominant language users in the internet, while looking look at the role of Europe in facilitating solutions that can bring forth a truly global Internet.


The session will be composed of a brief introduction by speakers after which questions and answers will follow.

Further reading


  • The lack of sociocultural representation for indigenous peoples online
  • vulnerabilities, including safety among user groups whose languages are not dominant online


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  • Jaco Du Toit

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  • Roberto Gaetano
  • C.A.Afonso
  • Nicolas Fiumarelli
  • Alève Mine
  • Narine Khachatryan
  • Nigel Hickson
  • Fotjon Kosta
  • Alberto Masini
  • Eddie Avila

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  • Nigel Hickson

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