Submissions/Knowledge for everyone: making access affordable

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.

Submission no. 4013 - C10, LE3
Title of the submission

Knowledge for everyone: making access affordable

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)

Roundtable with projector

Author of the submission

Anne Gomez, Jorge Vargas, Stephane Colliet-Matillon, Florence Devouard, Isla Haddow-Flood, Adam Holt, James Heilman

Language of presentation


E-mail address


AGomez (WMF), JVargas (WMF), and others

Country of origin

USA, Jordan, India, South Africa, Switzerland, France

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Foundation


Internet in a box

Wikimedicine project + WMF Board

Personal homepage or blog

meta:New Readers/Affordability

Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Many internet users don’t think twice before looking up a fact or editing content on Wikipedia - it’s their go-to to understand and learn more about what is around them. But for just as many people around the world, the cost of data means that they can’t easily turn to online resources, including the Wikimedia projects, as easily. For example, in Nigeria, the cost of data would need to decrease as much as 97% to achieve widespread affordability. And, over a quarter of people surveyed in Nigeria who are interested in reading Wikipedia reported that they weren’t able to due to the cost of data.

How can we support people globally in their right to freely access knowledge?

This presentation will include an overview of what the Foundation has done in the past to address the cost of data, with projects like performance improvements and Wikipedia Zero. We’ll also discuss what else is happening globally in the movement for the affordable internet. And we’d like to hear how we can work together towards affordable access to Wikimedia projects.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  • Understanding of the status of past and current Foundation efforts to address affordable access
  • High-level understanding of the global movement for affordable internet access
  • Ways to participate in addressing affordability
Theme of presentation
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Beginning +

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

55 minutes

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Special requests

If possible, please put in the schedule after Free knowledge for complete beginners: introducing Wikipedia to new readers

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