The 2017 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum will feature a session on multilingualism. The session is scheduled for June 12, 2017, at 14:30 (CEST) and will be led by Tilde’s CEO Andrejs Vasiļjevs.
Featuring internationally renowned experts from UNESCO, the European Commission, and the European Language Resource Association, the session will examine how policy measures and practical activities on the global, regional, and local levels are bridging the language divide and fostering a multilingual and inclusive Information and Knowledge Society.
During the discussion, representatives from UNESCO will share its approach for raising global awareness and promoting linguistic and cultural diversity. The European Commission will present its strategy and work on a multilingual infrastructure to ensure equal online opportunities for all 24 official languages of the European Union.
Tildes’s work in developing language technology for the Latvian language in the Internet era will serve as a vivid example of how a small language with only 2 million speakers can successfully strive for the most advanced technological support.
The session is organized by Tilde in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations Office in Geneva.
The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.