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Global Symposium on Promoting the Multilingual Internet
Geneva, 9-11 May 2006

Webcasting (audio only):

DAY 1 - 9 MAY 2006
08:30 - 09:30 REGISTRATION
09:30 - 09:55 OPENING SESSION

Symposium Chairman: Direk Charoenphol (National Telecommunications Commission, NTC, Thailand)

Welcome address and opening remarks:
  • Houlin Zhao (Director of TSB) [BIO] [SPEECH]
  • Elizabeth Longworth (Director, Information Society Division, UNESCO) [BIO] [SPEECH]
Symposium objectives and organization: Direk Charoenphol (NTC Thailand)
10:00 - 10:45 Introduction:

Chairman: Adama Samassékou (African Academy of Languages - ACALAN) [BIO]
  • Inclusion of a Language on the Internet: What is needed?: Marcel Diki-Kidiri (CNRS)
  • Culturally-appropriate Local Environments and a Global Internet: John Klensin (Internet Society - ISOC)
  • From oral language to digital objects: the UNESCO’s contribution for the inclusion of languages and local content in cyberspace: Cláudio Menezes (UNESCO)
10:45 - 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 - 12:45 Session 1 – Standards and technical solutions

Chairman: Reinhard Scholl (TSB Deputy Director) Debate, input for Session 10
13:05 - 14:05 Lunch Break
14:30 - 16:10 Session 2 – IDN operational experience showcase

Chairman: Ayman El-Sherbiny (United Nations, ESCWA)
  • A contribution to the exchange of information and know-how in multiple languages: Fay Howard (CENTR) [BIO] and Marcel Schneider (SWITCH) [ABSTRACT] [PRESENTATION]

  • CJK Experiences and CNNIC’s Contribution to the Multilingual Internet: Feng Wang (CNNIC)

  • Africa: Mouhamet Diop (Next SA)

  • Development of Arabic Domain Names System- UN ESCWA perspective: Ayman El-Sherbiny (United Nations, ESCWA)

  • Arab League Arabic Domain Names (ADN) Pilot Project: Imad Al-Sabouni (Ministry Communications Damascus, Syria)
Debate, input for Session 10
16:10 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30 Session 3- Scripting operational experiences

Chairman: Tarcísio Della Senta (UNDL Foundation)
  • Scripts Encoding Initiatives – Africa: Michael Everson (Evertype)

  • Experience with language implementations in ATAMIRI: Iván Guzmán de Rojas (IGRAL)

  • Speech mining to make African oral patrimony accessible: Nimaan Abdilahi (Université d'Avignon)
Debate, input for Session 10
DAY 2 - 10 MAY 2006
09:30 - 10:50 Session 4: Thematic Session on Domain Name Registries Perspective

Chairman: Cary Karp (MUSEDOMA) [BIO] Debate, input for Session 10
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30 Session 5: Thematic Session on development and promotion of local content over Internet

Chairman: Elizabeth Longworth (UNESCO) [BIO] CONTRIBUTIONS Debate, input for Session 10
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:45 Session 6: Thematic Session on Advancing the Deployment of IDN

Chairman: Khaled Fattal (MINC) [BIO] [PRESENTATION]
15:45 - 16:05 Coffee Break
16:05 - 17:30 Session 6: Thematic Session on Advancing the Deployment of IDN (continued)
  • Status of full Russian and Cyrillic language Internet names in Russia: Sergey Sharikov (Cyrillic Language Working Group-CLWG)
  • Tamil Language Computing and IDN: S. Maniam (IDN Working Group INFITT)
  • Persian IDN at .IR ccTLD Registry: Alireza Saleh (IRNIC)
Debate, input for Session 10
DAY 3 - 11 MAY 2006
09:30 -10:30 Session 7: Thematic Session on Hardware and Software for Multilingual Internet

Chairman: Cláudio Menezes (UNESCO) [BIO]
  • Challenges of creating terms for localisation into Developing Languages: the Case of Kiswahili terms for the KiLinux Project: Seleman S. Sewangi (University of Dar-el-Salaam, Tanzania)
  • Free Open Source Software for facilitating language flows: Dawit Bekele (University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Debate, input for Session 10
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 Session 8 Thematic Session on Measuring Linguistic Diversity on the Internet

Chairman: Adama Samassékou (ACALAN)
  • Language Observatory Project : Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
  • Reliable methodologies for Measuring Linguistic Diversity on the Internet: Daniel Pimienta (Networks and Development Foundation- FUNREDES)
  • Presence of Language in the Knowledge Society: Daniel Prado (Union latine)
  • World Network for Linguistic Diversity: Viola Krebs (ICVolunteers)
Debate, input for Session 10
12:15 - 13: 45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 14:45 Session 9: Thematic Session on Multilingualism in practice

Chairman: Louis Pouzin (Native Language Internet Consortium - NLIC) [BIO] [PAPER] Debate, input for Session 10
14:45 - 15:05 Coffee Break
15:05 - 16:05 Session 10: Conclusions and recommendations of thematic sessions Discussion
16:05 - 16:25 Coffee Break
16:25 - 17:15 Session 11 – Presentation of results, chairman’s report and future actions

Chairman: Direk Charoenphol (NTC Thailand)
Chairman's Summary Report and Recommendations

Presentation of roadmap
17:15 - 17:30 Closing Session

Symposium Chairman: Direk Charoenphol (NTC Thailand)
  • Final remarks:
    • Houlin Zhao (TSB Director)
    • Elizabeth Longworth (Director, Information Society Division, UNESCO)
  • Closing: Direk Charoenphol (NTC Thailand)


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