Creative Commons is beginning to expand within the African continent. Most recently, Kenya became a CC affiliate and has been shown support by a large CC community. The team has brought the ‘School of Open’ to the region and, among other projects, had planned on translating CC licenses into the local language. CC Kenya, joining as an affiliate has now made East Africa one of the most active regions for CC in Africa with affiliate teams in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Creative Commons works in Africa to:
- Create awareness about Creative Commons licensing and promote open access on the continent particularly focusing on education and development,
- Consult individuals wanting to use Creative Commons,
- Facilitate meetings and other events aimed at fostering collaboration and exchange between the participating groups,
- Raise funds for transnational activities like studies, surveys and networking initiatives.
What is Wikizero? What it is not.
Wikipedia Zero is a program that is lead by the Wikimedia Foundation in conjunction with mobile phone operators around the world. In 2012, the initiative launched with the aim of ultimately guaranteeing ‘free knowledge for every single person on the planet’ by making the online encyclopedia available to parts of the developing world where people lack Internet access.
The concept is simple: the partnership involves the mobile operator providing ‘zero-rates’ (i.e. waives data charges) for users accessing a version of the Wikipedia mobile site. Cost and awareness are two barriers that keep users, in these regions, from reading Wikipedia and accessing free knowledge. Wikipedia Zero intends on eliminating these barriers where possible.
All that is needed to use Wikipedia Zero is a mobile phone, of which 6 billion people have access to.
How to access Wikipedia Zero on your mobile phone using:
- You simply dial *515# to receive a text prompting the entry of a search term.
- Type in the topic you are searching for and you will receive a list of related articles to choose from.
- After selecting the page you want, you can choose which section you would like to read before Wikipedia sends the full text.
Operators are encouraged to get involved by ‘zero-rating’ (removing data charges) the mobile version of Wikipedia in each of the most common languages of their country. Wikipedia Zero has successfully been launched in Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Jordan and Nepal.
Wikipedia is licensed under Creative Commons. Creative Commons’ licenses are free, standardised copyright licenses that give the public permission to use and share your creative work on conditions of your choice. Thus, allowing a wide variety of African subjects, of topical interest, to be openly and freely shared worldwide.
Under this license, Wikipedia creates the opportunity for information to be used in research and development centres and schools around the African continent. Ultimately, allowing Africans to globally share their knowledge and multimedia creations.