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Alberto Escudero en Arusha (Tanzania)

Un español traduce el programa libre OpenOffice.org al Suajili
Published: 23 Dec 2004 (Merce Molist)
BarcelonaEscudero ha trabajado con 13 expertos en lenguas africanas y computación, financiados por Suecia.

Alberto Escudero Pascual es el coordinador técnico del equipo que ha traducido al suajili el popular paquete ofimático OpenOffice. Lo llaman Jambo OpenOffice y forma parte de un proyecto más amplio para traducir programas de código libre al suajili. Ni las dificultades técnicas en África ni el desafío del lenguaje han asustado a este vallisoletano de 32 años.

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Bug devices track officials at summit
Published: 18 Dec 2004 (Audrey Hudson (Washington Times))
Washington (USA)Officials who attended a world Internet and technology summit in Switzerland last week were unknowingly bugged, said researchers who attended the forum.

Badges assigned to attendees of the World Summit on the Information Society were affixed with radio-frequency identification chips (RFIDs), said Alberto Escudero-Pascual, Stephane Koch and George Danezis in a report issued after the conference ended Friday in Geneva. The badges were handed out to more than 50 prime ministers, presidents and other high-level officials from 174 countries, including the United States.

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Summit group confirms use of ID chip
Published: 17 Dec 2004 (Audrey Hudson and Betsy Pisik (The Washington Times))
Washington (USA)Organizers of the World Summit on the Information Society yesterday confirmed that badges worn by high-level attendees were affixed with identification chips some say were unknown to the forum's participants.

However, a spokesman for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which was the host of the three-day event in Geneva last week, scoffed at concerns by privacy advocates that the technology could monitor an individual's movement or that the data it collects could be misused.

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OpenOffice Jambo: désormais disponible

L'Afrique dit Jambo aux logiciels libres
Published: 15 Dec 2004 (BBC Afrique)
FranceLes logiciels libres avaient déjà du succès en Afrique. L'un d'eux est maintenant disponible dans une langue africaine, le Swahili. L'Afrique dit "jambo" (bonjour) à Open Office, un logiciel de bureautique complet... et gratuit.

Le swahili est une langue parlée par environ 100 millions de personnes en Afrique de l'Est, dont 10 % ont accès à des ordinateurs.

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OpenOffice Write in Swahili

'Jambo' to open source software
Published: 9 Dec 2004 (BBC News)
UKMillions of computer users can now say "jambo", or hello, to new open source office software in Swahili.

Swahili is spoken by an estimated 100 million people in East Africa, with around 10% having access to computers.

The software, called Jambo OpenOffice, is available for free and is similar in functionality to Microsoft's popular Office programmes.

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OpenOffice.org goes Swahili
Published: 6 Dec 2004 (Ingrid Marson)
UKDevelopers have released the first version of OpenOffice.org in the East African language of Swahili, having overcome translation and infrastructure difficulties

Jambo OpenOffice.org 1.1.3, the first version of OpenOffice to support the Swahili language, was released on Saturday.

Swahili is the most commonly spoken African language -- it is the chief trade language of East Africa and is the first language of at least 70 million people living in areas such as Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, and Uganda, according to the team working on Kilinux, the Swahili Localization Project. Alberto Pascual, the technical project coordinator for Kilinux, said the release is primarily focused at Tanzanians, as there are strong regional differences in Swahili, but the team is working with groups in Kenya to make modifications for Kenyan Swahili.

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Interview: Alberto Escudero, klnX: The Open Swahili Localization Project
Published: 25 Oct 2004 (Louis Suárez-Potts)
FranceAlberto Escudero leads kInX: Open Swahili Localization Project, which is committed to localizing OpenOffice.org and other open technologies to Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa. This interview was conducted via e-mail over a couple of days earlier this week.

Your background is interesting and by no means conventional. You received your doctorate in Sweden and now find yourself in Dar es Salaam. What explains the trajectory? And, how did you get involved in the Open Swahili Localization Project?

I have been always very interested in the interaction of humans and technology. I never saw the technology as a goal but rather as a tool for social change. [More]

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Många vill följa dina digitala spår, Ny Teknik
Published: 9 Jun 2004 (Sus Andersson)
SwedenAllt fler är intresserade av dina digitala spår, företag såväl som myndigheter. Från det att du slår på mobiltelefonen på morgonen tills den stängs av, via nätsajterna du besöker på jobbet och shoppingrundan på hemvägen, kan du kartläggas. Men än så länge är identifieringen ofta osäker, och du lämnar bara lösa fragment hos olika aktörer.

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Webben avslöjar allt mer om ditt liv, Ny Teknik
Published: 4 Dec 2002 (Sus Andersson)
SwedenI trafikloggen från en webbserver går det redan idag att se vem du är och vad du är intresserad av
- uppgifter som det egentligen borde krävas domstolsbeslut för att övervaka.
- Lagarna måste skrivas om, säger den nydisputerade KTH-doktorn Alberto Escudero.

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Nu ska Storebror stoppas, Ny Teknik
Published: 28 Nov 2001 (Sus Andersson)
SwedenPå internet finns alla möjligheter att ta reda på allt om dig: vad du gör, när du gör det och inte minst var du gör det.
- Folk måste bli medvetna om att det går att göra
- och att det görs, säger Alberto Escudero, som forskar om teknik att stoppa övervakning och intrång i den personliga integriteten.

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