Last updated: 1 march, 2010 - 14:01 GMT

SuperPower Nation

SuperPower Nation Day

Inside the venue for SuperPower Nation Day

The internet brings millions of people together digitally every day, but one thing it cannot do well - at least, not yet - is allow people who speak different languages to understand each other easily.

BBC World Service wants to explore whether technology will be able to change this - in a unique experiment using our language services and translation software - broadcast live online from 1300GMT on 18 March 2010.

click Follow the live story here

SuperPower Nation on the Web

As a part of SuperPower Nation Day, we are running an experiment using automatic machine translation technology to see how the internet can break down language barriers.

It's your turn to talk. And we have no agenda - any topics or issues will be debated and discussed.

What is unique about this is that you can talk to speakers of completely different languages in your own voice. Speakers of click Arabic, click Chinese, click English, click Persian, click Indonesian, click Portuguese and click Spanish will be able to talk to each other using Google's machine translation.

Your call

It's up to you. On the day, you will be able to simply click on our special SuperPower Nation site and debate whatever you like with people across the world.

And you can also follow the project on a number of platforms:

On our click live stream


On click Facebook

On click Flickr

On click Twitter; the hashtag is #superpowernation. You can follow presenter Ros Atkins directly click here.

Online - you can take part or follow the conversation on this site or watch video streams live from the event in London.

SuperPower Nation will be broadcast from 1300GMT on the click live event page and BBC World television.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

SuperPower: Exploring The Internet

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.