One month program to boost online content in Arabic.
Google has launched an initiative called ‘Arabic Web Days’ to increase and improve Arabic content available online. Currently only 3% of online content is in Arabic and there is a huge disparity between the number of Arabic-speaking Web users and the amount of Arabic internet content available for them. ‘Arabic Web Days’ hopes to bridge that gap and has Google partnering with Vinelab, Wamda and Taghreedat to help shape the 1 month program. Twitter, Wikipedia, TED, Soundcloud and even regional organizations such as Al Arabiya, twofour54 and the Institute of Computer Research, Qatar Foundation have joined in.
Activities and events such as a YouTube Tweet Up in Doha, Qatar on December 15, various programs on one of the Arab World’s top news channels – Al Arabiya, knowledge sharing Google+ hangouts in Arabic where, for instance, a user can learn how to use the Google translator toolkit to turn English content into Arabic etc are all part of the program.
‘Arabic Web Days’ co-creator and Vinelab’s Managing Director, Abed Agha said, “‘This is just the beginning – we hope to keep the momentum beyond just this month – the talent in MENA is strong and we have yet to realize the economic potential that the web can create.”
In recognition, Google has also declared that 12/12/12 as National Arabic Internet Day,