Digital Divide: Does the Internet Speak Your Language?
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Lu, L. (2010). Digital Divide: Does the Internet Speak Your Language?. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 4022-4025). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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This paper reports the issue of Internet language divide. Background data suggest that English remains to be the Internet language despite the fact that only a small percentage of the world’s population speaks English as a first language. The potential problem is that there is a disproportion between the number of non-English speakers and number of non-English websites. The result of English being the dominant language on the Web has created a digital language divide between the English and non-English Internet users. Possible solutions to this problem include low-cost applications and software in user’s native languages, machine translations, and translation services.
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