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Google doing its part to preserve cultures

Annie Wakefield
Digital Marketing Manager
10 December 2007

Google teams up with charities to do their part.

Ourstories
In a world where cultural identities are being forgotten, Google, UNICEF and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) have launched a brand new portal, “Our Stories”, to try and preserve cultural heritages around the world. Its main focus  will be for people from around the world to post their life experiences and stories in their own languages. 

Individuals can also access, just as most sites nowadays, the site from their laptops and mobile phones.  Here they can share stories and use their own languages online in an effort to encourage other individuals to do the same and preserve many of the dwindling cultures worldwide.
Ann Veneman, the executive director of UNICEF also believes that this portal will help young people to learn more about other cultures and people around the world. 

The portal will promote communicating across borders and cultural barriers and to provide young people with a voice in the vastness that is the internet.
OLPC are going to build a digital archive of personal stories that will allow children in developing countries to access the technology and also to make it simple and easy to use. Stories from around the world are added regularly and this is to create and preserve a record of humanity in the 21st Century.

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