Request Network Foundation — facilitators of Request Network, the Ethereum-based payments platform gunning to be PayPal 2.0 — has now entered into a strategic partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that helps facilitate sites like Wikipedia. The deal will begin with the French chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation piloting the integration of cryptocurrency donations through Request Network.
As the Wikimedia Foundation will soon be allowing cryptocurrencies as a general donation option, the deal — which the Request Network team announced in its latest project update — will see the crypto-payments and accounting platform bringing “trust and transparency, while making sure donations can be made seamlessly.”
Robbin Mazurel, the Brand Manager at Request Network Foundation, noted of the deal:
“Crypto-donations enabled by blockchain technology offer a guarantee of simplicity and trust for donors. The Blockchain technology offers a total and permanent visibility on the collected amount, which allows the Wikimedia Foundation to be as transparent as possible. Thanks to a public ethereum address, each donor can then now see donations happening in real-time.
The Request Network Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation share a philosophy about the power of decentralization. Using the decentralized financial tools built on top of the Request Network to raise donations, without the need of any central organization to process payments, is a huge step forward for The Wikimedia Foundation. Next to being a success in decentralizing educational content, the Wikimedia Foundation is now able to decentralize their fundraising efforts.”
Mazurel went on to compliment the Wikimedia Foundation for its forward-mindedness, saying the move will put the organization “at the forefront” of enterprise adoptions of blockchain solutions.
WooCommerce Plugin Ready, Too
In the latest project update, Mazurel also announced the Request Network for WooCommerce plugin, WooCommerce being the “fully customizable, open source eCommerce platform built for WordPress.”
“Handcrafted by Adam (AdmREQ), an active developer from the Request Network Hub, Request Network for WooCommerce is an easy way to accept cryptocurrency payments for anyone that is using the WooCommerce shop platform. The plugin has no fees or hidden costs, and allows you to integrate a cryptocurrency payment gateway within your existing eCommerce environment in a few simple steps. Best of all — it’s 100% free!”
So here and there, blockchain adoption continues inching toward the mainstream.
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