Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook revealed on Tuesday that his company was heading a campaign to bring internet access to those who are not connected yet. The project named internet.org is focused towards providing internet access to those 4 billion people on earth who are still without it by using methods of lowered costs and improved services and apps.
“There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it, ” Zuckerberg said.
Other members of the campaign are big names in software and hardware industries namely: Ericsson, Samsung, Opera and Qualcomm.
According to zuckerberg about 2.7 billion have got internet access – and this number is one-third of the total world population and the growth rate of adoption is about 9 percent.
Zuckerberg further said that the group will frame and work on those projects which will grow connectivity by using the relationships between academics, governments and mobile operations and also NGOs.
Zukcerberg has also pasted a 10-page document on his Facebook page which details the rationale and need behind the project. He has said in the paper that internet growth is critical for developing the world based on a “global knowledge economy.”
The cause of improving connectivity has become a popular mantra at Silcon Valley and Google also recently launched its Project Loon which launched solar powered balloons for providing internet to areas so far uncovered.