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Saturday, March 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Indigenous Tweets, Visible Voices & Technology

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UNESCO estimates that of the 6,000 current languages spoken today, more than half will be extinct by the start of the next century, adding that "with the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity will lose not only a cultural wealth, but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages." These languages require urgent intervention. In many remote locations, only a handful of speakers remain. There is also a growing movement where communities are recognizing the value of maintaining their native language despite internal and external pressures. Online media and web 2.0 tools hold immense possibilities for the inclusion of indigenous people in the online conversation and in democratic processes that start with the simple exercise of a person’s right to express themselves using the tools available to them. These tools have have a significant potential for cultural preservation and identity formation of young indigenous people.
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Kara Andrade

Co-FounderHablaCentro LLC/HablaCentro Informatics NFPKara Andrade is co-founder of HablaCentro LLC and Not For Profit which develops curriculum to help people in Latin America become more digitally literate and civically engaged; conducts trainings in the use of digital tools to create... Read More →
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Maite Goñi

LecturerMondragon UnibertsitateaMaite Goñi has a degree in Basque Philology (University of Deusto, Spain) and another in English Philology (UPV-EHU, Spain). She is currently a lecturer, an ICT adviser and a member of the online team at Mondragon Unibertsitatea (Spain). As a member... Read More →
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Peter Rohloff

Medical DirMaya Health AllianceMedical Director of Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance. Physician in the Department of Global Health Equities at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Speaks Kaqchikel, K'ichee', and Tz'utujil... Read More →
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Kevin Scannell

ProfessorSaint Louis UniversityKevin Scannell is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint Louis University in the USA. He works with endangered language groups around the world to develop basic computing resources like online dictionaries, spell checkers, software localizations... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Austin Convention Center, Room 5ABC

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