Mozilla partners with public media to provide crowdsourced captions and subtitles for the U.S. Open Election 2012. The new technology called “Mozilla Popcorn,” is a HTML5 media tool which help developers and authors create interactive pages that supplement video and audio with rich web content.
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.