Hoi, When you consider that Wikipedia is the most used source of information in the countires where ebola is rife, it makes these countries particularly important to have Wikipedia zero. They are.
There is no way we should underestimate the importance of Wikipedia zero. It effectively saves lives. Thanks, GerardM On 9 December 2014 at 07:28, Erik Moeller <e...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM, Jens Best <jens.b...@wikimedia.de> wrote: > > > Wikipedia Zero should be newly framed as a leading example of Public > > Free Knowledge. > > Hey Jens, > > I think your line of argument here is reasonable, and we are generally > thinking in the direction of how Wikipedia can be part of a broader > coalition dedicated to free access to knowledge. Wikipedia Zero > started off as an experiment to bring Wikipedia to millions of people > who could otherwise not afford it. But now we should think (and are > thinking) about the kind of coalition we want to create to bring free > knowledge to every person on the planet, rather than primarily > advocating for free access to Wikipedia. > > I'd be indeed curious about your thoughts on how to define Public Free > Knowledge. IMO the licensing status of the material ought to play some > role in defining what kinds of resources should be made freely > available in this manner. I don't know that this should be an > absolutely non-negotiable criterion (even Wikimedia makes exceptions), > but it should count for something. > > Freely licensed material (in a manner compatible with the Definition > of Free Cultural Works or the Open Knowledge Definition) is not tied > to a specific website and host; the ability to fork free knowledge is > a fundamental protection against the misuse of power. Moreover, if > society creates a social contract that freely licensed and public > domain information should be available free of charge, this creates > further incentives to contribute to a true commons. It protects our > heritage and reminds us to expand it. This is a position entirely > consistent with our mission, as well. > > I agree with Mike that WMF needs to take a practical stance to bring > free knowledge to the largest number of people, and we need not > apologize for Wikipedia Zero -- it's a program that serves the > organization's mission well. But entirely practically speaking, > building a greater coalition in support of access to knowledge could > serve the mission to an even greater extent, if we manage to pull it > off. > > Imagine a world where you can take a smartphone or tablet without a > contract and immediately connect to an ever-growing library of free > knowledge, without charge. I couldn't think of a better 21st century > equivalent to the foundation of public libraries, and frankly of a > better way to even the odds for the survival of our species. > > Erik > > -- > Erik Möller > VP of Product & Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>