Since 2012, we have made open source technology available to underrepresented communities in 220 languages, bringing equal access to information, better representation online, and growing the user base of our supported projects.

Our Mission

Localization Lab believes that language shouldn't be a barrier when it comes to security and access to the Internet. Since 2012, we have helped expand the reach of Internet freedom tools by unlocking access to communities all over the world. 

We work to:

  • Expand the reach of Internet freedom technology and supporting materials.

  • Facilitate relationships between developers and end-users to increase the adoption of new technologies and ensure that community needs are being met.

  • Collaborate with local partners to strengthen networks and increase impact.

Who we are

We are a global community of 6000+ contributors who support the translation and localization of Internet freedom tools -- technologies that address access, security, digital literacy, and anonymity online to ensure that people around the world have safe avenues for accessing information on the Internet. Many of the tools translated by the Localization Lab protect the lives and security of individuals who do not have open access to information on the Internet.

The work of the Localization Lab is an opportunity for people like me to make a difference and ensure that in an ever-changing world that continues to be geared towards tech, my language survives, continues to evolve and does not disappear completely.
— Chido Clara Musodza, Democratic Society of Zimbabwe

What We've Achieved

The Numbers

  • 70+ localization projects

  • 6000+ contributors

  • 200+ languages including: Khmer, Burmese, Azerbaijani, Basque, Shona, Chinese, Arabic, Thai, Ndebele and many more...

  • 10+ collaborative localization sprints and events per year

The Outcomes

  • Increased adoption of Internet freedom tools

  • Diversity and representation in the Internet freedom space

  • Open source technical glossaries

  • Space for co-design and collaboration

  • More local content online