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Reflections on the position of Wikipedia in China. It would be interesting to learn more about how Chinese users see this site, how they interact with it, and if they culturally value its offer. Maybe the format is not suitable for China? Is the low number of users only due to the censorship? This is one of the challenges of global websites: making one model work in all countries and in all cultures.

via blogs.harvardbusiness.org

Why does China fascinate so many people? It has such promise, but with unparalleled complexity.
There are 300M Internet users in China today and less than 1% of them are Wikipedia readers. This is by far the lowest positioning of Wikipedia in major countries (by way of comparison Wikipedia ranks 9th in India). Adding to the challenge, Wikipedia faces two local competitors in Baidu and Hudong. Both are for-profit businesses. Wikipedia also operates from offshore, meaning slower site performance and easy mechanisms for censors to block access.

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