RV Newsletter: Looking back at the Natives in Tech online conference 2020

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Hello readers, how are you doing this December?  Wherever you are, we hope that this issue finds you safe and sound.

In the spirit of empowerment, we’d like to introduce you to the Natives in Tech Conference, where Native and non-Native technologists come together to talk about how better tools can be built to support Native communities worldwide, allowing them to leverage technology for their own missions.

While its 2020 event concluded in November 2020, the recorded sessions can be accessed here.  If you’d like to explore more, recordings of its 2019 event can also be found here.  Please be reminded that Natives in Tech Conference is an online event, free for all, and you can definitely follow them for future events to come!


For those who speak any language other than English: Do you feel Google Translate speaks your language well enough?  Or, oftentimes, you find its results subpar?  This story intends to explain why that is in the case of Yorùbá and how this may be changed — for the better —  in the near future.

Along this line, we’d also like to present you with three more stories highlighting efforts in bridging the digital gap for remote communities in the Amazon, in paving the way for wider application of an indigenous language, and in making digital security resources accessible to the Aymara community in their own language.

Furthermore, we would like to invite you to read an interview with a Livonian poet and translator as he shares with us the past and present of his language as well as his plans of ensuring its future.


Next June 2021, RightsCon will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary and it’s seeking participatory session ideas reflective of our shared reality of the moment. Interested in joining the conversation at RightsCon 2021?  See how you may respond to their call for proposals here!  Submission due: January 19, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time)


Missing out on the Best Practice Forum on Local Content as part of the #IGF2020 BPF event?  For those who are interested in learning more of best practices in the protection, preservation, and promotion of local and indigenous content in the digital space, you might find this output report informative.



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Thanks to Eddie Avila for contributions to this newsletter.

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