I agree entirely with every word of Erik's response here.


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> Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:28:37 -0800
> From: Erik Moeller <e...@wikimedia.org>
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> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] WaPo Wikipedia's 'complicated; relationship
>         with net neutrality
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> 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

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