For many Indigenous Peoples and any other organisation it is common to prepare to register your domain name only to find that someone has cyber squatted it or perhaps a member is using it for their own use. Too often groups are confined to thinking that if their name is not available in the .com, .org .net or their local Country Code (CCTLD) then they […]
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Issue 1: An immediate issue for Māori Language is the use of the umlaut (äëïöü). There are two issues here. (a) For many years the umlaut was implemented as an alternative for the macron and is widely accepted as a macron. It is quite likely that a user with Māori fonts will use an umlaut or accept an umlaut as an alternative macron. (b) The […]
Two days ago I wrote at my disbelief and sadness of the lack of innovation that was being used by Māori Language advocates. While no public comments appeared on my blog, my cell phone and email certainly were busy with people questioning me and seeking advise. Not to mention those people who reminded me that I was once a staunch advocate of te reo Māori […]
Recently and with minimal media attention (yes media i am happy to talk to you) in New Zealand and the Pacific, the ability to write non English characters into Web addresses became a reality for many of the worlds popular extensions such as .com, .org, .net, .tv and so on. Thus giving Māori the ability to correctly spell macron Māori words in web addresses, i.e. […]
.indigi is a new Internet domain name that will be the self governing Indigenous equivalent of the .com or .org . In late December 2008 i was appointed the Leader for this initiative which can be found at www.dotIndigi.com . While preparing our policy paper on .indigi i am often asked the same questions by Indigenous Peoples groups and potential business partners. So i have […]
Language revitalisation and the ignorance of Social Media We are at the end of another Māori Language week here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Most of us have seen and heard Māori language being spoken in mainstream radio, television and newspaper. The children’s television program “Sponge Bob” was also in Māori language. But alas!, the uptake of social media to promote Māori language has been almost […]