I am passionate about broadband, information and democratized access to information, and believe that spreading affordable broadband connectivity is the best way to provide accessibility to education and in so doing provide the opportunity for empowerment to people. Wikipedia access has always been sponsored by us, on all our networks. I also think that it is important to ask permission even if you want to do something that you think is good, for somebody else. But asking permission is difficult because people don't understand what they are consenting to - so a good way is to instead invite them to come and look at something that you've done and let them learn by doing it themselves. It is better for people to be able to help themselves than if you have to do it for them, because then there is no dependency on you.
I was privileged and fortunate enough to grow up in one of the first South African households where my dad, an academic and scientist turned theologian, replaced his typewriter with a personal computer. In the strictly controlled timeslots that I was allowed in his study, from a young age, I taught myself computer programming, knowledge with which I have managed to, amongst other things, start a few businesses . My most successful one being an internet service provider that has provided Wi-Fi internet to more than 100 000 people.
Contributing to Wikipedia is not a competition or popularity contest - editing is a reward in and for itself, a very personal reward, to see how an article grows - and it should be the only reward. Even if not paying for edits, adding further rewards like scholarships, etc. for edits, should be discouraged. I find myself at 20 to 30 different computers over the course of a month, and logging in is a chore - and I love the fact that I don't have to. You can find a list of my article contributions done from my home computer, here
I have recently joined the Wikimedia South Africa board where my goal is to make sure that every single person that accesses the internet in Southern Africa understands what a Wiki is and how they can constructively contribute.
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