Governing a polyglot Internet

Professor Thomas Petzold and I co-authored a short article “Governing a polyglot Internet“, for the latest issue of WZB-Mitteilungen. In this article, we use the term “five-percent gamble” to describe how decisions taken by the digital technology industry are made on language support, and why we need and can do better than this. I mentioned the Wikimedia as one of the innovative alternative for the future:

… handling user proposals to open or close a language project, the Wikimedia Foundation Language Committee demonstrates an alternative language governance model beyond cost-benefit market strategies: a do-it-yourself model that requires active user contribution.

Governing a polyglot Internet

Governing a polyglot Internet

Full text can be downloaded here at the WZB website.