De-colonizing the World Wide Web using ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi


Natural language processing, which is used for applications like text auto-completion and voice digital assistants, is a quickly advancing research field. The creator the World Wide Web, Tim Berners Lee, envisioned it as a neutral digital landscape. However, it has inadvertently been colonized as the natural languages used on the web are also the building blocks of the algorithms that work behind the scenes of all natural language processing products. The lack of linguistic diversity on the web serves as an indicator of the lack of diverse perspectives. This presentation addresses how indigenous people can de-colonize the web through language use.