NO WIFI? NO PROBLEM
The free Kiwix app allows users to access the full range of Wikipedia articles without an Internet connection
Wikipedia isn’t without its flaws – academic unsightliness and poor quality of articles among them – but the online encyclopaedia has grown exponentially since launching in 2001 and remains a principal resource for millions around the world.
The English version alone has more than 5,5 million articles and 3,5 billion words – over 60 times as many as the venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Developed by former Wikipedia Editor Emmanuel Engelhart, the open-source iOS and Android app
Kiwix allows for offline access to this treasure trove of knowledge, making it incredibly useful for the many occasions when the Internet is slow, unreliable or even censored. With the help of a proprietary compression system, the entire English-language Wikipedia, with images, can fit on the average flash drive – and there are versions for the Wikivoyage travel guide and Medical Wikipedia too.
The app’s been invaluable in Africa, where it’s used in schools and universities in over a dozen countries, prisons and even by the Senegalese navy. It’s exactly the type of lo-fi solution of which Tim Berners-Lee would approve.