Thursday, October 2, 2003

‘Why We Want to Make the Internet Chinese’

internet > Speaking in tongues
A multilingual vision for the internet:
"“I believe,” Zhou says, “that some day China will become an Internet superpower and that Chinese will become a dominant language of the Internet. It is because of this belief that I have continued working on the sinicization project for the past five years, against all odds. I am not saying that we should export the Chinese language and make Internet users all over the world communicate in Chinese. What I really mean is that as the Internet develops, its content and applications will be further localized. Internet users in France will be communicating primarily in the French language, the Russians in Russian, and the Chinese in Chinese. And that’s when the Internet will really come down from the ivory tower to enter ordinary people’s everyday lives.”

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