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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 ] The program was launched in 2012. [2 ] In March 2013, Wikipedia Zero won a [3 ] SXSW Interactive Award for activism. The objective of the program is to reduce barriers to accessing free knowledge—one of the largest barriers being cost of data usage. [4 ]
History [ edit ]
Wikipedia Zero was first launched in
Malaysia in May 2012. In October 2012, it was launched in [5 ] Thailand and Saudi Arabia with dtac and Saudi Telecom Company respectively. In May 2013, it was launched in Pakistan with Mobilink. In June 2013, it was launched in [6 ] Sri Lanka with Dialog. Free Wikipedia access is provided in India through [7 ] Aircel. In October 2013, it was also launched in [8 ] Jordan with Umniah. [ ] citation needed
Facebook Zero has been cited as an inspiration for Wikipedia Zero. [9 ] [10 ] [11 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Russell, Brandon (February 22, 2013). "Wikipedia Zero Wants to Bring Wikipedia to Mobile Users Without a Data Plan". TechnoBuffalo . Retrieved April 8, 2013.
^ Wadhwa, Kul Takanao (February 22, 2013). "Getting Wikipedia to the people who need it most". Knight Foundation . Retrieved April 8, 2013.
^ Sofge, Erik (March 8, 2013). "SXSW: Wikipedia for Non-Smartphones Is Brilliant. Here's Why". Popular Mechanics . Retrieved April 8, 2013.
^ Riese, Monica (March 12, 2013). "SXSW Interactive Awards Announced". (Austin, Texas: Austin Chronicle Corp.). The Austin Chronicle ISSN 1074-0740 . Retrieved April 8, 2013.
^ "Wikipedia Zero launches in Malaysia with Digi — Wikimedia blog". Blog.wikimedia.org. 2012-05-26 . Retrieved 2013-06-27.
^ "Mobilink brings Wikipedia Zero to Pakistan". Nation.com.pk . Retrieved 2013-06-27.
^ "Dialog brings Wikipedia Zero to Sri Lanka". www.dialog.lk . Retrieved 2013-06-24.
^ "Aircel customers can now access Wikipedia on their mobile phones for free | NDTV Gadgets". Gadgets.ndtv.com. 2013-07-25 . Retrieved 2013-09-20.
^ "Mobile partnerships". Wikimedia Foundation . Retrieved January 15, 2014.
^ 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.
^ Dillon, Conon (December 18, 2013). "Wikipedia Zero: free data if you can afford it" . Retrieved January 15, 2014.
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