We tend to go out pontificating on these lists. What would be helpful is solutioning. For net neutrality, how would you reconcile the need for free public access to information with the ideals of net neutrality? This is the library analogy. We believe libraries should exist in this new digital world. Do you advise that they cannot? And if they can, how should we articulate this better?

Go ahead and take a stab at it.


On Aug 4, 2014 1:29 PM, "Juergen Fenn" <schneeschmelze@googlemail.com> wrote:
2014-08-03 22:22 GMT+02:00 Jens Best <jens.best@wikimedia.de>:
> We as WMDE have not yet written a formal position on this special subject,
> but be assured that net neutrality is a very important subject for us.

As a German community member with no affiliation to the German chapter
or indeed any other Wikimedia organisation I would like to add that
net neutrality is indeed a rather important issue to anyone interested
in the politics of the information economy in this country. I presume
no one would tolerate a breach of net neutrality anywhere, and it is a
bad sign if Wikimedia is associated with something like that in the
first place.

However, there is a long-standing discussion on legally constituting
libraries as a statutory basic public service in this country. So, the
discussion on the introduction of library acts, or a
Bibliotheksgesetz, in all German länder as well as on the Federal
level would be the right way to address the issue of how to offer free
access to information for everyone. I have a hunch that this might
hold true for other countries, too. Wikipedia Zero seems to have been
designed too much with a U.S. perspective in mind. That's why it is
bound to fail in other parts of the world.


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