On Wikipedia and freedom of access to information

Wikipedia has been a vital source of information for me and hardly a day goes by where i don’t use it to read up on something. Amazingly, topics covered on it range from the down right silly to the most advanced technical topic. All reviewed and scrutinized by the mass public.

I just donated today as part of the “put your money where your mouth is” campaign. Although my donation is small and something i should have done a long time ago, I think that every bit helps and its always better late than never. This urge to donate came after reading up today on such topics as I2C and SPI and realizing that a regular medium(ie encyclopedias in the form of books) can never accommodate such knowledge especially now that human knowledge is moving at an incredible pace of change.

Speaking of human knowledge; there is one other organization that claims to want to do the same thing; albeit in a different manner. Google officially states that it has a mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” So i believe that the world will be a much better place if Google and the WikiMedia foundation worked together.

In summary, I can not imagine living in a world without Wikipedia and look forward to the day where “every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.”(quote from Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia) I urge you to consider supporting this organiztion through a donation, if possible. I am doing my part, are you?

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