labourstart writes: "New online services like MeGlobe promise real-time machine translation of instant messaging — but more important, promise to use user input to continuously improve the knowledge base. In other words, they'll use the "wisdom of crowds". Millions of users could actually achieve what decades of machine translation R&D has failed to do, and produce accurate translations. But equally important, the software needs to be responsive and a quick test of Google Translate shows this is not always the case."
Eric Lee writes: "In an article looking back on a full year of using Ubuntu, trade unionist Eric Lee makes the case for unions as institutions — and not just individuals — to make the switch over to open source software."
Eric Lee writes: "The editor of LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement and author of The Labour Movement and the Internet: The New Internationalism, challenges the growing use of Facebook by unions and other campaigning organizations. Using the examples of PointCast, ICQ and MySpace, and little-known examples of censorship by Facebook and other social networks, he urges social change activists to use do-it-yourself tools to conduct online campaigns rather than to become over-reliant on Facebook."
Eric Lee writes: "An attempt by a London charity to stop campaigners using the web to highlight its pay cuts has ended in failure, according to this report in The Register. The LabourStart website, which orchestrated the online campaign on behalf of Britain's public sector union Unison had been compelled by internet service provider 1&1 to take down a campaign which the employer had declared to be "potentially libellous" — and then promptly relaunched the campaign on a new site, hosted in Australia, cheekily called We will not be silenced. Several days after the campaign was closed down on 1&1, the company notified LabourStart that the material was in fact not defamatory. LabourStart has now informed 1&1 that it is considering raising the behavior of the company with Britain's regulatory body for the communications sector, Ofcom."
Eric Lee writes: "LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement, today announced the results of the 10th annual competition for the Labour Website of the Year. The winning site belongs to the South African trade union "Solidarity". In second place was Britain's largest union, UNISON. Among the top ten websites in the competition were three British unions, three from developing countries (two from South Africa and one from the Philippines), and sites from Australia, the USA, and Canada. 7,866 votes were cast by trade union members around the globe in this year's competition, which was 1,000 more votes than last year. For full details on the top ten union websites in the world, go here:
LabourStart, founded in 1998, is one of the world's leading union websites. It receives over 20,000 unique visitors per day, has over 52,000 subscribers to its mailing list and is run by a network of some 500 volunteer correspondents."
Eric Lee writes: "For the tenth year in a row, labor union members from all over the world have begun casting their votes for their favorite websites. Back in 1997, when LabourStart began hosting the annual competition, there were only a handful of such sites, and the winner won by having one more vote than the competition. But by last year, there were several thousand votes cast, with hundreds of sites from around the world participating, and the winner was a teachers' union in the U.K. With tens of millions of trade union members now online (which was not the case a decade ago), union websites have become increasingly important and this competition will serve to highlight some of the outstanding ones."