November 10: Internet Governance Forum 2020. “Data to Inclusion: Building datasets in African Languages” — a panel discussion highlighting the machine learning/artificial intelligence initiatives and other indigenous/endangered language revitalization efforts around the world and particularly in Africa. Highlighted three aspects — a) digital shift in governance and exclusion, b) use of Openness (specifically, open technology and open content) in furthering building resource for low-resource languages, and c) ambivalence of social media from the standpoints of both rights and as a language-promotion tool [ 🎬 recording • original submission ]
September: UNESCO organized an international conference for kicking off the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) campaign. The conference titled “Role of Linguistic Diversity in Building a Global Community with Shared Future” was held in Changsha, China where I presented a paper titled ”Rising Voices: The Digital Possibilities for Marginalized Languages“
National Geographic Citizen Science Workshop 2018, Hong Kong
Organizer, “2017 Internet Society Asia-Pacific Chapters Meeting”, Singapore
Kathabhidhana, an open source toolkit to record pronunciation of large chunks of words in any language, curate metadata and help grow one the basic building blocks—pronunciation library—that is needed for machine learning and Natural Language Processing.
(Co-presented with Prateek Pattanaik at the Celtic Knot Conference 2017, University of Edinburgh UK; Organized a workshop at Wikimania 2017, Montreal, Canada)