We are happy to announce that we have been chosen as an official content provider to the Free Basics platform. Free Basics by Facebook is an app and mobile website that provides access to free basic internet services in markets where internet access may be less affordable.
It allows people to browse selected health, education, employment, and news websites without data charges. Free Basics brought more than 25 million people online who otherwise would not be and introduced them to the incredible value of the internet. You can find more information about this project here.
Women in the following 48 countries are now able to access Uridupedia contents without data charges: Angola, Antigua, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, St. Lucia, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Vanuatu, Zambia.
We believe that this is a huge step towards bringing health education and life skills to more and more women in developing countries. We are aware of the fact that Free Basics has been criticized in the past for not supporting net neutrality. But we believe that the Human Right to Health and Health Care beats net neutrality in this case. (For those interested in the topic we recommend "Having Your Cake and Eating it Too? Zero-Rating, Net Neutrality and International Law" by Arturo J. Carrillo, Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, and Co-Director of the Global Internet Freedom & Human Rights Project at The George Washington University Law School).
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