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

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 3 14:49:50 UTC 2008

Chad wrote:
> 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)]]
> -Chad

Have you two guys already been to Africa ?
You seem to have a rather "limited" view of a huge continent with 
incredible diversity of situations. Even within a country where some 
poeple are dying from hunger or diseases, there are scholars and 
educated people who can help get the ball rolling.


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