Going Global: Celebrating Twenty Languages

Including English as default, mycitizen.net is now available in 20 languages! Most of this work has been done by volunteers1. This result is mostly owed to the project Trommons where the volunteers managed an impressive work load in just a few weeks.

We plan to add also more languages to the mobile app as soon as we can be sure that the translatable parts won’t change any further. Currently we are still fully engaged using another, not human language.

Since the work beyond Myanmar (Burma) is not within our core mission, we will be able to continue localization only as much as free resources are available. Nevertheless, it is one of our personal ambitions to make mycitizen.net available in many regions.

Sign up at Poeditor or let us know if you can provide a new language (or if you need one that is missing).


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Workshops in India and Myanmar (Burma)

workshop in FalamOver two weeks of intensive work in Delhi, western Burma and Yangon are behind me. More than one hundred participants in seven locations have been briefed about mycitizen.net and tried the web interface and the development version of the mobile app. The type of users ranged from teenage students to owners of internet caf├ęs and mobile phone shops.

Considering the very experimental nature of this project, I am glad to see that all went so well. The long-anticipated success of smartphones in Burma has reached now even extremely inaccessible parts of Chin State, the country’s poorest region, and particularly in the hands of young people. Gaining access to global information is for many key to improving their futures and developing their country.

During the days in Delhi, our local assistant has managed to find a translator for Hakha, one of the languages of Chin State. The progress was fast enough so that I could already present a partly translated version of the user interface to the audience in Burma who much appreciated that their local languages are among the first that make it to the user interface.

I am glad that I also had the privilege to present the project at MIDO, a local non-profit organization in Yangon that seeks to promote development through ICT.

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