Wikipedia Zero

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Vídeo about free access to Wikipedia

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.


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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  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". 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Mobilink brings Wikipedia Zero to Pakistan". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Dialog brings Wikipedia Zero to Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Aircel customers can now access Wikipedia on their mobile phones for free | NDTV Gadgets". 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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