Google’s community translation project for health care

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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Globalization of labor and medical translation Sep 8, 2010

I listened to a lecture of one local hospital that was speaking about translation difficulties of medical documents. In my country, Thailand, many immigrants are from neighboring countries who receive medical service from those hospitals. The demand for translation is rising [my jobs are also escalating on medical texts], and neighboring country language education starts to grow. I hope that Google can extend its health care language support to many minority group worldwide.

Soonthon Lupkitaro

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Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
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Google is a rich corporation and could afford to do better Sep 8, 2010

I'm fine with doing voluntary work, but as far as voluntary work for google - I'm not so sure.
Considering they'll be donating only about 20% of the value of my translation to non-for-profil organizations, I think I know who wins in this transaction. (Hint: not the translator)

I'd call this "charity-washing" (just like some companies do green-washing) of exploitation

[Edited at 2010-09-08 13:24 GMT]

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xxxdikran d  Identity Verified
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Google's hypocrisy Sep 9, 2010

Google is hiding behind the name of "volunteer translation" to collect new databases. We translators should stop doing such work if we do not want to lose our jobs. The less you do such work, the longer you can be sure that you have translation work to do. It is your choice!...

[Edited at 2010-09-09 22:04 GMT]

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