Mozilla 'crowdsourcing' State of the Union address

Summary:Mozilla will use captions and subtitles provided by people worldwide, translating the speech into dozens of languages within hours.

Even though social and digital media played a strong part in the 2008 presidential election, but based on two announcements already today, we're likely going to see candidates take advantage of these new communication platforms at new levels this year.

Mozilla is working with media partners for "crowdsourcing" the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

More specifically, Mozilla will use captions and subtitles provided by people worldwide using Mozilla's new web tools (including Mozilla Popcorn, a new HTML5 media feature), translating the speech into dozens of languages within hours.

This online event also marks the launch of "Open Election 2012," a new partnership between Mozilla, PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Participatory Culture Foundation.

According to the official Mozilla blog, this initiative is intended to "showcase how new open web technologies and citizen participation can make election coverage more accessible to diverse audiences, and provide new ways to engage with the news."

For those of you who have questions after the State of the Union, you will have the opportunity to ask President Obama yourself as Google and YouTube will be sponsoring a Google+ Hangout video conference with the POTUS next week.


Topics: Enterprise Software


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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