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July 13, 2012

Wikimedia Foundation launches Wikipedia Zero

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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Wikimedia Foundation has set a goal of reaching 1 billion readers by 2015 and currently it is close to reaching only half that much. So how will the organization that serves Wikipedia and its sister projects meet its goal?

The Wikimedia Foundation is currently launching Wikipedia Zero with mobile telecommunication partners Orange and Telenor as a solultion to bringing it closer to its vision that “every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”

According to Amit Kapoor, WMF Mobile Partnerships, Wikipedia currently has an audience of around 480 million, but the mobile phone initiative has the potential to tap into the population from developing countries who are part of the 5 billion mobile phone customers around the world.

Kapoor says the success of Wikipedia Zero faces several obstacles, such as cost and technology.



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