Tag: politics

Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Using three examples of poor translations that changed the course of history, Ewandro Magalhães illustrates the tough job of interpreters in the arena of international diplomacy and how they can also serve as catalysts for understanding and reconciliation.

Debating the Ethics of AI Voice Translation in Politics

New York City Mayor Eric Adams made headlines when he used AI to make calls to constituents in Spanish, Yiddish, and Mandarin — despite not speaking any of those languages.

Foreign press struggles to make Pork Pie Plot header make sense...

For the second time this month the international press is having fun trying to get a translation in the world of politics right, or, in this case, get it into proper context. This time around, it’s the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who's in trouble and throwing international translators for a bit of a loop. 

Deaf Community Petitions for White House ASL Interpreter Removal

The Deaf community in the United States, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and devotees, welcomed this week's news that the Biden...

Biden Administration shifts White House ASL Policy

On the fifth day of its operation, the Biden administration announced that it is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings...

The Only Irish Language Act in Town

If you’ve been reading Thomas Gilmartin‘s great piece on MultiLingual Insights about the deadly seriousness of the status of the Irish language in Northern Irish politics, or been amazed by the kind of mighty passions that can arise over the Irish for “selfie”, then you might consider that RuPaul is exactly the kind of language act we need to see more of on the island of Ireland.

Looking ahead after the US election

All the messages I've gotten today from friends and colleagues abroad are worried. They woke up to the fact that the US had elected...

Localization Unconference Silicon Valley 2013: Video is the New Document for...

Attended the Localization Unconference last week at the Salesforce offices in San Mateo, California. What a blast! About 120 attendees in all, a wide...