Connecting the Entire World to the Internet, with a Little Help from Facebook

Internet.org is aiming to make basic Internet services more affordable so that everyone can join the knowledge economy

Aug 13, 2014

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If you are reading this, it's safe to say that you have some form of Internet connection. That makes you one of the lucky ones because surprisingly, only around a third of the planet's population has access to the World Wide Web. Looking to help the other two thirds get connected is none other than Facebook with its pioneering Internet.org initiative. The social networking powerhouse has teamed up with technology companies Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to create a partnership with the main goal of making Internet access affordable for all. The global partnership incorporates technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working on exciting projects such as experimenting with drones and satellites to deliver Internet to remote areas. In order to increase awareness and make internet adoption more affordable, Internet.org has also released an app that lets people browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. At the end of the day, the plan is to make basic Internet services affordable the world over, so anyone with a phone can join the global knowledge economy.

Facebook's very own Mark Zuckerberg gives us all the details in this informative video:

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