[technology taskforce] TTF proposal to ICANN for FY17 - Fixing the bugs in ICANN’s machine translation tool used for the LACRALO mailing lists

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 18:35:40 UTC 2016

Thanks Gordon, I think we can certainly update the language to
emphasize the value of this to other regions in the FBSC call next

Dev Anand

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM, Gordon Chillcott <gordontc at look.ca> wrote:
> Dev:
> Bill and I both support this proposal.
> I would only suggest a bit more firm statement about the fact that this
> tool is needed by other regions as well - in particular Africa and the
> Asia Pacific regions.
> Gordon Chillcott
> On Fri, 2016-01-22 at 08:43 -0400, Dev Anand Teelucksingh wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> Today is the deadline for budget proposals to be submitted to the
>> At-Large Finance and Budget Subcommittee (FBSC).
>> One longstanding technology issue is the machine translation used on
>> the LACRALO mailing list.
>> This has been documented extensively by the TTF at
>> https://community.icann.org/display/LACRALO/discussion-of-LACRALO-mailing-list-issues
>> Currently, the key issue is that ICANN doesn't have any dedicated
>> persons to fix this software tool. There is only one person from ICANN
>> IT staff who attempts to work on a new version of the translation tool
>> in his spare time, outside of ICANN hours. As this ICANN IT person is
>> very busy at ICANN and his volunteer efforts are appreciated, he has
>> little to no spare time to work on fixing the outstanding bugs in the
>> software. It is clear that a person is critically needed at ICANN with
>> a mandate to fixing this software.
>> Hence this budget request is for funding to be made available to ICANN
>> IT staff for ICANN to hire a programmer to work on ICANN’s new machine
>> translation tool and fix the remaining bugs so that the new software
>> tool can be installed and ease the communication difficulties faced by
>> LACRALO, the At-Large Community and ICANN Staff over the past 6 years.
>> Although this proposal was submitted to LACRALO earlier in the week,
>> it appears that LACRALO will not be considering any proposals for
>> submission.
>> Hence, the TTF will be submitting the attached proposal to the FBSC
>> for their review.
>> Kind Regards,
>> Dev Anand Teelucksingh,
>> TTF chair
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