Wikipedia Zero

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Video 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] and won a 2013 SXSW Interactive Award for activism.[4] The objective of the program is to reduce barriers in access to free knowledge: in particular with data-usage cost.


Browsing Wikipedia via Ncell in Nepal.

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, launching in Pakistan with Mobilink in May 2013.[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 launched in Jordan with Umniah. In 25th October 2013, it was launched in Bangladesh with Banglalink.[9][10] On April 28th, 2014, it was launched in Kosovo on the IPKO network.[11] In May 2014, it was also launched in Nepal with Ncell.[12] In 19th May 2014, it was launched in Kyrgyzstan with Beeline.[13]

Facebook Zero has been cited as an inspiration for Wikipedia Zero.[14][15][16]

Reception and impact[edit]

The Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones of Chile ruled that zero-rating services like Wikipedia Zero, Facebook Zero, and Google Free Zone, that subsidize mobile data usage, violate net neutrality laws and had to end the practice by June 1, 2014.[17][18]

See also[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". 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". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Tech Talk | Wikipedia Zero | A righteous initiative for accessing free knowledge". 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  10. ^ "Banglalink launches Wikipedia Zero :: Financial Express :: Financial Newspaper of Bangladesh". Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  11. ^ "Kosovo's Largest Foreign Investment Sets Tone for Innovation". Hazlehurst Media SA. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Wikipedia Zero arrives in Nepal via Ncell and you don’t have to pay a Paisa to use it". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  13. ^ "Beeline открыл бесплатный доступ к Wikipedia для своих абонентов". 
  14. ^ "Mobile partnerships". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Dillon, Conon (December 18, 2013). "Wikipedia Zero: free data if you can afford it". Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ Mirani, Leo (May 30, 2014). "Less than zero – When net neutrality backfires: Chile just killed free access to Wikipedia and Facebook". Quartz. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ McKenzie, Jessica (June 2, 2014). "Face Off in Chile: Net Neutrality v. Human Right to Facebook & Wikipedia". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 

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