Sunday, February 05, 2012

Maybe a #squid will do

In the #Sakha Republic, the cost of using the Internet depends on the location of the servers serving the data. The rationale is that it is expensive to get content out of the rest of the world. As a consequence the local websites and forums are more popular and those websites in the local language are doing fine.

We do have a Wikipedia in the Sakha language and we do care about the availability of Wikipedia at zero costs. So the question is very much how can we reduce the costs for the Sakha people for Wikipedia (in any language).

If the ISP are willing to bring the information into their country for everyone, they may consider the use of Squid. What the Wikimedia Foundation then can consider is supporting this squid by invalidating its content in the same way it does its own squids.
Thanks,
     GerardM
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