[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Foundation 2008-2009 Annual Plan

Chad innocentkiller at gmail.com
Thu Jul 3 13:44:38 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 9:31 AM, Dan Rosenthal <swatjester at gmail.com> wrote:
> Except, Africa faces problems that extend far beyond simple language
> penetration: there is simply not enough internet and broadband coverage, not
> enough computer access and computer ownership, and in several countries the
> political climate inhibits any access to free information.
> If we're truly worried about peoples of Africa, we ought to be addressing
> those problems first, rather than setting up languages for them. We can't
> bring knowledge to Zimbabwe if Mugabe kills all of his opponents and their
> supporters, and controls the internet access. We can't bring knowledge to
> Somalia if there simply aren't enough telecom companies doing business there
> to achieve significant internet access. Such issues are far more pressing
> than languages.
> -Dan

And you know...basic necessities like food and water.

Call me naive, but I think those are more important than bringing
them a DVD with articles about everything from [[w:Walrus]] to
[[w:Fantasy (fragrance)]]


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