Computerization and Cultures

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Sep 30 20:02:24 UTC 2005

Here is the description for a project to provide computing access to Khmer
(Cambodian) in a way that it is accessible to Cambodians:


We believe that in order to enter a digital world without forfeiting its
culture, a country must do it by using software in its own language.
Software in a foreign language exacerbates the digital divide, makes basic
computer training difficult and expensive, closes computer-using jobs to
people with little economic resources, impoverishes local culture, and
blocks computer-based government processes, as the local language script
cannot be used in databases.

Benjamin Barrett

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