Wikipedia Zero

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Wikipedia Zero is a project by the Wikimedia Foundation to provide Wikipedia free of charge on mobile phones, particularly in developing markets.[1][2] The program was launched in 2012.[3] In March 2013, Wikipedia Zero won a SXSW Interactive Award for activism.[4] The objective of the program is to reduce barriers to accessing free knowledge—one of the largest barriers being cost of data usage.

History[edit]

Wikipedia Zero was first launched in Malaysia in May 2012.[5] In October 2012, it was launched in Thailand and Saudi Arabia with dtac and Saudi Telecom Company respectively. In May 2013, it was launched in Pakistan with Mobilink.[6] In June 2013, it was launched in Sri Lanka with Dialog Axiata.[7] Free Wikipedia access is provided in India through Aircel.[8] In October 2013, it was also launched in Jordan with Umniah.[citation needed]

Facebook Zero has been cited as an inspiration for Wikipedia Zero.[9][10][11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Russell, Brandon (February 22, 2013). "Wikipedia Zero Wants to Bring Wikipedia to Mobile Users Without a Data Plan". TechnoBuffalo. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Wadhwa, Kul Takanao (February 22, 2013). "Getting Wikipedia to the people who need it most". Knight Foundation. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sofge, Erik (March 8, 2013). "SXSW: Wikipedia for Non-Smartphones Is Brilliant. Here's Why". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Riese, Monica (March 12, 2013). "SXSW Interactive Awards Announced". The Austin Chronicle (Austin, Texas: Austin Chronicle Corp.). ISSN 1074-0740. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wikipedia Zero launches in Malaysia with Digi — Wikimedia blog". Blog.wikimedia.org. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Mobilink brings Wikipedia Zero to Pakistan". Nation.com.pk. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Dialog brings Wikipedia Zero to Sri Lanka". www.dialog.lk. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Aircel customers can now access Wikipedia on their mobile phones for free | NDTV Gadgets". Gadgets.ndtv.com. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Mobile partnerships". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Brian, Matt (May 27, 2012). "Wikipedia Zero expands into Asia, drops mobile data charges for 10m subscribers in Malaysia". The Next Web. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ Dillon, Conon (December 18, 2013). "Wikipedia Zero: free data if you can afford it". Retrieved January 15, 2014. 

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