WikiArabia 2019/Program/“Life after Zero - What the Wikimedia Foundation is working on”

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Submission no. مداخلة رقم
Title of the submission عنوان المداخلة

“Life after Zero - What the Wikimedia Foundation is working on”

Author(s) of the submission صاحب المداخلة

Jack Rabah

Username اسم المستخدم

Jrabah (WMF)

E-mail address البريد الإلكتروني

Country of origin بلد الأصلي


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc. .الانتماء، إن كان (مجموعة، مؤسسة الخ

WMF staff

Type of session نوع الجلسة
Language of session لغة الجلسة


Length of session مدة الجلسة

60 minutes

Theme of presentation موضوع الجلسة

Partnership opportunities

Abstract ملخص
To build from the Wikipedia Zero program the P&GR team are preparing to support partnerships around; App preloads, knowledge over SMS/USSD, improve digital literacy, and work on offline support. This year, the Foundation decided to discontinue the Wikipedia Zero program as part of efforts to evolve how we work with partners to address barriers to participating in free knowledge around the world. The Wikipedia Zero program was first created to address one barrier to participating in free knowledge globally: high mobile data costs. During the program’s six year tenure, we partnered with 97 mobile carriers in 72 countries to provide access to Wikipedia to more than 800 million people free of mobile data charges. In the past couple of years, the Partnerships & Global Reach team, in collaboration with other teams at the Foundation, conducted research to better understand the full scope of barriers to using Wikipedia around the world. Awareness is one of the key issues we identified, in addition to limited local language content which inhibit the discovery and use of our projects. We remain committed to creating impactful partnerships that align with our own values and direction for the Wikimedia movement’s future. The findings from our research results have given us several ideas for where we may take our partnership work next; we will focus on partnerships that i) can address access barriers, ii) increase awareness, iii) develop capacity and improve digital literacy skills, iv) promote equitable participation of all people, especially marginalized groups, and v) integrate our projects with third party products or services to amplify their distribution. At this session, we will share the partnership opportunities the Partnerships & Global Reach team is pursuing and their potential impact toward bridging the knowledge gap.
What will attendees take away from this session? ماذا سيستفيد الحضور من هذه الجلسة؟


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Special requests طلبات خاصة
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  1. --Saintfevrier (talk) 00:55, 30 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Alaa :)..! 17:41, 30 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]