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This is how it was avoided from Spain that Wikipedia had ads

Wikipedia It is today the greatest reference – and one of the few that remain – of that utopian internet of the early 2000s in which it was widely believed that the web could offer completely free and open access to information.

With its crises and controversies, Wikipedia recently turned 20 already established as a reference, leaving behind the doubts that sometimes flew over its contents to become, for example, a reference to which the WHO gave credit as the original source in the COVID-19 pandemic.

And all this being financed solely with donations and expanding its vast list of articles (more than 1.6 million only in its Spanish edition) thanks to the work of altruistic editors.

Nevertheless, There was a time this could have changed forever. A moment that perhaps would have led us to continue consulting Wikipedia today but with its articles sponsored by any commercial brand.

That attempt was stopped by a group of Spanish Wikipedians who created a ‘fork’ or bifurcation of the project that redirected the idea to what we know today.

On the occasion of the news that Wikipedia is considering launching a paid version of its API so that large technology companies that drink from its content (such as Google) pay for more immediate access to their updates, we remember the history of the Universal Free Encyclopedia, the alternative to Wikipedia that saved the original conception of Wikipedia itself.

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