Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung launched internet.org, a partnership to provide global Internet access.
Currently, only 2.7 billion people have Internet access. The organization aims to connect 5 billion people, or the remaining two-thirds of the world’s population, with affordable and efficient data by developing cheaper technology. Part of this plan includes creating reduced data usage for apps and language expansion on mobile devices.
Internet adoption is less than 9% a year, but the team at internet.org wants to change this so people are not choosing between food and medicine or data access.
Mark Zuckerberg discussed the project with the hopes that the global initiative will help people in developing countries have the same opportunity to connect and access information.
Zuckerberg posted about his internet.org mission on his Facebook saying, “For nine years, we've been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don't have access to the internet. I'm focused on this because I think it's one of the greatest challenges of our generation. I've attached a rough plan I've written outlining the work Facebook is doing to solve this and how our industry can work together to connect the next 5 billion people.”
Many Facebook users reacted to this post negatively and said that Facebook should focus on providing clean water, steady food production, and strong schools instead of Internet access, which is a luxury.
What do you think? Is internet.org a step in the right direction?