Globalization: The Race to the Bottom

There’s a good debate on the views of western workers and globalization on the Financial Times Economists forum here that’s worth following.

If we’re going to be honest about globalization then we need to address the downsides and the fears that this globalization stuff is a race to the bottom.

Sure, if you’re an in-country translator then your job can’t be outsourced (not that you see any of the huge profits made by LSPs from some industry niches where the localization margin is as high as 40% anyway), but if you’re a “western” developer of MT, TM, or GMS technology or work in localization project management then you might want to think harder, read more widely, and drink less Kool-aid ….

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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