Google Uganda launches two new local language domains

Wednesday August 4 2010

By Tabitha Wambui

Kampala

Google Uganda, on Monday launched two local language operations enabling about five million people access services in native languages. The launch of the Runyakitara and Luo languages at Makerere University in Kampala brings to five the number of local languages available on the Google Uganda domain.

Speaking at the launch, of the domains in Kampala, Dr Josephine Nabukenya, the Makerere University, Information and Technology faculty dean said with estimates indicating only 10 per cent of Ugandans as computer literate, the launch of the domains will improve and ease computer literacy and accessibility. She said the domains are part of the on-going volunteer programme - Google –in your – language, designed to enable users have tools to translate the service into their languages of fluency.

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The use of local language in the Google search is anticipated to allow a wider group of people to interact more freely with the internet. Besides helping to improve literacy, Google Uganda’s latest move will spur efficient business communication.

Mr Dennis Gikunda, the Google-Uganda project manager said: “It is truly exciting to see this initiative. It is a great example of how internet encourages participatory culture and easy inter communication.

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