Global Reach

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The team[edit]

Read more about the team, its mission and goals Read our FAQ

Our work[edit]

With these types of potential new partnerships we will be better positioned to achieve our mission of expanding Wikimedia’s reach in the Global South. Local communities will be crucial to the success of these new initiatives and we hope to work with them to further our mission. These efforts will also require cross-functional work across the Wikimedia Foundation teams, specifically with Communications, Community Engagement and Product, to amplify the positive results of these efforts. We will pilot many of these initiatives and manage our resources and expectations accordingly.

As part of our strategy, our team has a series of ongoing partnership pilots, conversations, and projects in our regions. All of this work is supported by our Senior Product Manager, and led by our Director of Strategic Partnerships for Global Reach. Read more about what are we working on, some of our future plans and ideas, and overall what's keeping us busy!

Africa and the Middle East

Led by Jack Rabah, Regional Manager of Strategic Partnerships.


Ongoing work

Asia and Eastern Europe

Led by Smriti Gupta, Regional Manager of Strategic Partnerships.


Ongoing work

Latin America and the Caribbean

Led by Jorge Vargas, Regional Manager of Strategic Partnerships.


Ongoing work

Product & Research

Led by Dan Foy, Senior Product Manager, Global Reach


Ongoing work

Phone surveys[edit]

We've done phone surveys to learn more about awareness of Wikipedia and how people use the internet. These surveys are unique in that they reach the general population, and not just our users. We've been doing mobile phone surveys to learn more about awareness and usage of Wikipedia and how people use the internet. These surveys are unique in that they reach the general population of a surveyed country, and not only Wikipedia users.

Find our results for the Egypt, Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, and India surveys here

Events[edit]

Nothing coming up. Check soon!

How to contact us[edit]

References[edit]

Learn more about Wikipedia Zero[edit]

Volunteer Wikipedians around the world work hard to compile the sum of all human knowledge, to make it freely available to every single person on the planet. For many readers in the Global South, the primary (and often only) access to the internet is via mobile. However, mobile data costs are a significant barrier to internet usage. We created Wikipedia Zero so that everyone can access all the free knowledge on Wikipedia, even if they can't afford the mobile data charges. Transparency and accountability are among our core values, and we invite you take a look at the Wikipedia Zero operating principles. So far we've launched Wikipedia Zero in 52 countries with 68 operators (and in process of renewing 8 operators). We estimate that more than 309 million people can now access Wikipedia free of data charges. Our goal is to work with every mobile operator on the planet -- email us at wikipediazero@wikimedia.org.

Operating principles

When encouraging carriers to participate in the Wikipedia Zero initiative, we maintain our commitment to our Operating Principles, to structure the program in alignment with Wikimedia's mission. You can also read our Template agreement.


Learn more

Our partners

So far we've launched Wikipedia Zero in 52 countries with 68 operators (and in process of renewing 8 operators). We estimate that more than 309 million people can now access Wikipedia free of data charges.


Meet our partners

Blog Posts

Since launching Wikipedia Zero in 2012, we have published many blog posts regarding our work. These posts include information about our operating principles, mission, reach, and policy-related matters surrounding the program.


Read our posts

FAQ

Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Wikipedia Zero. If your question is not answered there, please let us know! We are happy to provide more information.


Read our FAQ