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October 4th, 2016

Aditya Mukerjee: Crossing the Language Divide in Open Source

It’s easy for those of us in the US to become chauvinistic about our language. Our country is geographically huge, making it easy to think of the whole world as English speaking. Obviously, it isn’t.

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This fascinating talk from September’s GitHub Universe 2016 in San Francisco by Aditya Mukerjee, an engineer at Stripe, made me think a lot about language privilege and global digital inclusion. Mukerjee grabs you in his opening remarks, “I always keep my eye out for the ways technology can empower the disenfranchised — how it can amplify the voices of the subaltern. And it’s crucial to listen to those voices if we want to solve the biggest problems that the world faces.”

Bonus points for the lovely mention of Admiral Grace Hopper in this talk.

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, Opensource.com and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at pshapiro@his.com.

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