Facebook CEO Proposes Internet Access around the Globe
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Mark Zuckerberg announced Internet.org, a partnership between technology companies to provide Internet to developing parts of the world.

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Facebook CEO Proposes Internet Access around the Globe

  1. 1. Facebook CEO Proposes Internet Access around the Globe According to Mark Zuckerberg, there are 5 billion people in the world that don’t have Internet and they should. Zuckerberg released a proposal on Tuesday named “Is Connectivity a Human Right?” in which he proposes a project, Internet.org, to make Internet access available to everyone around the world. He also announced his partnership with some of the world’s biggest companies to make the project a reality. Currently, only one third of the people in the world have access to the World Wide Web. Zuckerberg calls the Internet“the foundation of the global knowledge economy” and refers to Internet access as a human right. However, he says Internet service only increases by 9% each year and is expected to keep dropping. He believes that more people can be connected to the Internet if companies come together to make the experience more affordable. Partners of Internet.org already include Samsung, Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson, Opera Software, Mediatek and Facebook. The goal of the project is to make Internet access cheaper and faster for people in developing parts of the world. It also wants businesses to develop new models for so that people will have more incentive to purchase mobile services. Zuckerberg notes in his proposal that data plans for mobile phones are just too expensive in other countries. Thus, the partnership aims to better the networks that connect people and to make their products, such as phone apps, more efficient to use less data. Zuckerberg, said, “No one company can really do this by itself.” The effort involves making improvements to worldwide networks in order to reach more people. Google announced a similar project in June involving the use of balloons to spread Internet connectivity to remote locations and rural areas. Google has been testing the balloons in New Zealand and California. It could also provide emergency Internet access to areas suffering from disasters. The balloons provide Internet speed comparable to the 3G network and require the user to use antennae. Bill Gates publicly criticized the project after its announcement by stating that developing parts of the world would be better served with research funneled into treating malaria, rather than providing Internet access. Google also offers a service called Google Fiber in a limited number of cities. Google Fiber is an Internet and high definition television service that provides speeds it describes as being 100 times faster than regular broadband services. A New York Times article, linked on Internet.org, states that one in every seven people is on Facebook.In recent news, a hacker posted onto Mark Zuckerberg’s own Timeline on Facebook even though they aren’t friends. The hacker, Khalil Shreateh, reported to Facebook’s White Hat Security team that he had found a way to post on the Timelines of people who were not his friends without their permission. The report was not investigated, and Shreateh resorted to posting on Zuckerberg’s wall to prove that it could be done. The White Hat team exists so that hackers can report bugs in the system to Facebook and they are usually rewarded.