[Freedombox-discuss] Fwd: Translating expressions...

Nicolás Reynolds fauno at kiwwwi.com.ar
Tue May 24 19:05:04 UTC 2011

I forward this here too since it can be of interest to everybody.

----- Forwarded message from Nicolás Reynolds <fauno at kiwwwi.com.ar> -----

> Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 14:44:01 -0300
> From: Nicolás Reynolds <fauno at kiwwwi.com.ar>
> To: FreedomBox i18n <i18n at lists.freedomboxfoundation.org>
> Cc: FreedomBox Español <i18n-es at lists.freedomboxfoundation.org>
> Subject: Translating expressions...
> User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)
> Hi, I was translating to es_AR the wiki and found several expressions that
> can shock readers outside the US, and IMO taint the expressions of Moglen
> himself in the speeches I translated.
> First of all is the use of "Free World"[0] to refer to a certain sector of
> the world. As the Wikipedia reference says, it was coined during the Cold
> War to refer to US and other non-communist countries. In case you don't
> know, during those times the US government and it's agencies[1] not only
> promoted unfreedomness in Latin America and other countries, but also
> supported and trained dictatorships that tortured and murderer people por
> political reasons (Argentina, for instance, has 30.000 missing persons and
> 500 kids that were illegally adopted by military officers, but only 100 of
> which were returned to their families during the past 26 years). So "Free
> World" actually doesn't mean anything like it to us.
> Other expressions, like "help your friends in opressive countries" and
> such make it sound that way, the really wrong way, in which "free"
> countries deliver their freedom to the rest of the world.
> I said this kind of expressions taint Moglen's sayings since he express
> very clearly that FreedomBoxes should be in every home, because the
> unfreedomness of the Net doesn't only come from oppressive governments but
> from "American" enterprises and government agencies. It's not that his
> words are carved on stone, but I believe his discourse is far more radical
> than what's currently expressed on the website.
> Otherwise you'll find many people saying "No, thanks" to FreedomBox and
> still use unfree technologies that sell themselves as neutral.
> [0] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Free_world
> [1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Escuela_de_las_americas

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Nicolás Reynolds,
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