Wikipedia discontinues its "zero-rating," will focus on research-driven outreach


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/19/wikipedia-discontinues-its-z.html


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Zero-rating seems like a reasonable first step, to allow folks to access where the alternative is nothing, but it should be followed up with more aggressive pushes to remove the capping system entirely.


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But the same problem applies: data caps are mostly an issue for non-poor people trying to save on their phone bill, rather than the desired target audience of people whose only internet access is through a cheap phone. So if zero-rating wasn’t drawing new people to Wikipedia, uncapping wouldn’t help them either.


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