Thank You/Amit Kapoor
Across the world — in countries like India, Kenya, Bangladesh and Brazil — millions and millions of people are coming online for the first time. Not on a computer, but on their phones.
There’s a world of knowledge at their fingertips... but data costs can make it tough to access.
I work at the Wikimedia Foundation. We’re a small, nonprofit organization, with just about 150 employees. We believe knowledge should be free. So we’re working to develop a solution: Wikipedia Zero. The goal of Wikipedia Zero is to remove barriers to access, making it cheaper and easier for people all over the world to read Wikipedia on their phones.
As key to this initiative, we’re partnering with mobile carriers around the world to deliver Wikipedia at zero cost, with no data fees. I help establish these partnerships.
Two years ago, the Wikipedia community — editors and supporters like you — created a strategic plan to guide the Wikimedia Foundation’s work. You gave us a challenge: reach a billion people by 2015.
We’re halfway there, but we still have a long way to go. And Wikipedia Zero can help us reach our goal.
Often when I talk about Wikipedia, people get excited. They still remember the first time they discovered Wikipedia, and all the incredible things they’ve learned since. You probably remember it too: that feeling of awe and wonder when you realized you could satisfy your curiosity on any topic, at any time.
Because of your efforts, more people will get to share that feeling. Whether you donate a few dollars, make a few edits, or volunteer in other ways, your support for Wikipedia helps us accomplish projects like Wikipedia Zero.
Amit Kapoor is Senior Manager of Mobile Partnerships for the Wikimedia Foundation, where he's worked since 2011. His professional background includes global strategy work for Samsung, business development at Match.com, and even a year-long stint driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile across the USA. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.
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