Request Network, Wikimedia France Team Up on Donations

Request Network, Wikimedia France Team Up on Donations

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 French arm of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that helps facilitate sites like Wikipedia. The deal will begin with Wikimedia France piloting the integration of cryptocurrency donations through Request Network.

UPDATE: As of May 29th, 2018, this deal is officially off, per our reporting here.

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Decentralizing Donations

As Wikimedia France 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 […] Thanks to a public ethereum address, each donor can then now see donations happening in real-time.”

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.”

Mazurel noted:

“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.

What’s your take? Would you donate to Wikipedia in crypto, or would you prefer to do that in fiat? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 


Images via Wikipedia, Tech Advisor

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