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Myanmar to get access to the world's knowledge through Wikipedia Zero
(Fornebu, Norway, and San Francisco, California) 7 November 2013 --
Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, today
announced Myanmar as the latest country to be included in their existing
agreement to bring Wikipedia Zero to Telenor customers in Asia and Europe.
Telenor is supporting the country's ambition of connecting its 60 million
people. Through this agreement, Telenor's future subscribers in Myanmar
will be able to access Wikipedia's vast knowledge base free of mobile data
traffic charges when Telenor begins services in the country.
"The Wikimedia Foundation imagines a world in which every single person has
free access to the sum of human knowledge. By working with Telenor, we are
able to put this knowledge in the hands of the masses, helping to close the
knowledge gap between developed and developing countries. Today's
announcement will pave the way for Telenor to offer all the knowledge that
comes with Wikipedia Zero to its customers in Myanmar," said Carolynne
Schloeder, Director of Mobile Programs at the Wikimedia Foundation.
The partnership between Telenor and the Wikimedia Foundation was
established in February 2012, and was founded on a shared commitment to
bring Wikipedia to Telenor customers free of data charges. The initiative
is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's mobile strategy, which focuses on
reaching the billions of people around the world whose primary opportunity
to access the Internet is via a mobile device. Following the agreement,
special versions of Wikipedia for mobile phones were launched in Thailand,
Malaysia and Montenegro. In addition, Telenor aims to launch Wikipedia Zero
in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Serbia in 2014.
"Access to high quality telecommunications tools and affordable services
plays a substantial role in empowering societies. To Telenor, this
partnership enables us to provide a strong support to local communities by
promoting the exchange and sharing of open knowledge. Offering Wikipedia
free of traffic charges also helps introduce internet to mobile users,
often for the first time. I am very satisfied that our cooperation with the
Wikimedia Foundation will now include Myanmar," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas,
President and CEO of Telenor Group.
On 27 June 2013 Telenor was announced as one of the successful applicants
for a telecommunications license in Myanmar. Following the process
described in the auction guidelines, the company is now in discussions with
the Myanmar authorities regarding the final terms and conditions of the
license agreement. Telenor aims to launch services in Myanmar within eight
months after the final license agreement is signed.
The extension of this partnership was celebrated today in Oslo when Jimmy
Wales, the founder
of Wikipedia, met with Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor
Group, and Rolv-Erik Spilling, Head of Telenor Digital, to participate in
an event announcing the expansion of service. Jimmy Wales was also a
keynote speaker at the "Digital Winners" conference hosted today by Telenor
Digital at Telenor Headquarters, where he shared his views on crowdsourcing
for the common good.
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
receive 500 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most
popular web property worldwide (comScore, September 2013). Available in 287
languages, Wikipedia contains more than 29 million articles contributed by
a global volunteer community of roughly 80,000 people. Based in San
Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3)
charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
Wikimedia Foundation Press Contact:
+1 415-839-6885 ext 6635 (San Francisco)
About Telenor Group
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media
communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets
in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a
voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom
Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is
one of the world's major mobile operators with 161 million mobile
subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012
of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.
For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com
Telenor Press Contact:
Vice President Communications
Mobile: +47 92 66 13 00
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The Affiliations Committee , the committee that is responsible for
guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups and Thematic
Organizations and approving them when they are ready is looking for new
The main focus of AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming
affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable (and
advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance with the
requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the Wikimedia
Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User
This requires communication with volunteers all over the World, negotiating
skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand legal texts.
We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our membership.
Key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members, are
* Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of volunteers
* Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic
* Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions on the
role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and similar questions
* 5 hours per week availability, and the time to participate in a
monthly ~2 hour phone meeting
* International orientation
* Very good communication skills in English
* Ability to work and communicate with other cultures, languages andcultures
* Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the WMF
* Knowledge of different legal systems, experience in community building
and organising is a plus
* Communication skills in other languages are a major plus
* Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
In 2012 new types of affiliations were introduced and the role of the
Committee has increased in guiding through volunteers towards affiliation
models that empower them to further our mission, and making sure these
models meet the needs of the volunteers and the movement. We are looking
for new people to help, who are not afraid of the workload and are
motivated by helping other volunteers come together forming communities
that further our mission around the world.
Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two year
terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not seeking
re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's
members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the above
membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of the year,
with new members expected to join on or around 1 January 2014.
If you are interested, You can send your applications with your full name,
contact data (e-mail address, wiki username), relevant experience and
motivation letter to our vice-chair Carlos Colina at jewbask AT
wikimedia.org.ve by December 5, 2013. You will get a confirmation that your
application came through.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me or Carlos. We
are happy to chat or have a phone/VoIP call with anyone about our work, if
this helps them decide to apply.
Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are
: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please follow
the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
: Our member standards of participation are at:
 A translatable version of this call is avaliable at
please help translate and distribute it among your networks!