Critical issues presentations/Is Mark Zuckerberg an ally of the human knowledge? We need to talk about Free Basics, Wikipedia and net neutrality
- Submission no. 55
- Title of the submission
Is Mark Zuckerberg an ally of the human knowledge? We need to talk about Free Basics, Wikipedia and net neutrality
- Author of the submission
- Ivan Martinez
- José Flores
- Country of origin
- Net neutrality
- Zero rating
- Wikipedia Zero
- Free Basics
Net neutrality is an internet principle which is currently being discussed by several actors such as activists, governments and private organizations all over the world. While some organizations are proposing or approving measures to protect it, other are threatening the principles of non-discrimination under economic arguments allowing exceptions as zero-rating or walled gardens.
In this context, Wikimedia projects (such as Wikipedia) play an important role as a crucial player on the contemporary internet. The fifth website in the world and the only internet top 10 based on purely free basis is directly involved in the access to internet panorama, due to their own efforts through Wikipedia Zero or via Free Basics (Facebook's "free" access service in emerging countries is including Wikipedia as one of its main offers).
We want to reflect and discuss the net neutrality panorama on the net. How are the Wikimedia projects are participating in this debate? Which are the consequences for the access to the free knowledge in the Global South?