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Belinda Biscoe on multilingualism at the 23rd Infopoverty World Conference

In an increasingly digitally connected world, it is necessary to go beyond communication and become the cornerstone of promoting inclusivity.


Through multilingualism, we not only open channels for dialogue but also pave the way for building bridges of empathy and appreciation for different perspectives, underlining the cohesion of a global community and laying the foundations for a more inclusive future, as recalled by BELINDA BISCOE, Senior Associate Vice President, The University of Oklahoma


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Thank you very much, Peter. I also just quickly want to give a special thank you to Gloria and Pierpaolo for their continued effort with this conference for so many years and a special thank you to Gloria for such an exceptional reception last night. We met so many wonderful people I will always remember. It’s an honor to be here with you this afternoon, not just as a proponent of transformative technology but as an academic partner with Worldwide Tech Connections.
Our mission, which is the fabric of our partnership is to champion equitable communication for all across the globe. My colleague to my left here, Jeffry Williams, a brilliant mind in the field, has developed groundbreaking AI tools that are set to revolutionize the way we overcome language barriers. These tools do not represent just a step forward in technology, they embody our collective dream of a world where information and opportunities are accessible to everyone everywhere.
Our primary objective is to cultivate equitable communication channels both within the academic field and across the global stage. By fostering multilingual discussions that go beyond geographical and cultural borders, we are not merely facilitating dialogue, we are also laying the groundwork for a more inclusive future. These tools are about dismantling the barriers erected by linguistic privilege, a legacy that has historically economic competitiveness in favor of a selected few. In embracing this technology and approach we are not just advocating for broader communication we are championing a shift towards a world where linguistic diversity becomes a cornerstone of economic opportunity and collaboration rather than a barrier.
Our commitment is to create an environment where every voice irrespective of the language it speaks has the power to be heard and the power to contribute and to drive our global economy. If you want to experience Jeff's demonstration in your language please scan the QR code that you received on the sheet that was passed out this morning, select your language by flag or by name, and then click now. You will be able to connect various texts or speech so you will see the streaming text and if you choose to hear the spoken word, please put your ear pod or earphones to your ear and with that, I turn over this demonstration over to Jeff.”

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The FINAL DECLARATION of the 23rd Infopoverty World Conference is now available! The Plan of Action including a list of projects and proposals that emerged from the discussion will be available soon. STAY TUNED!

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