CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced the launch of Internet.org a global initiative that aims to make the internet accessible to the next 5 billion people. Internet adoption is growing at less than 9% each year, with only 2.7 billion people having access to the internet – just over one third of the world’s population. Internet.org wants to make the internet available to the remaining two thirds of the world which is not connected and create the same opportunities that the connected third of the world enjoys.
Facebook has partnered with MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to develop the project. Internet.org has outlined three main challenges it will focus on to achieve its goal. These include reducing the cost of hardware, such as smartphones necessary for accessing the web; improving networks to more efficiently handle data; and partnering with businesses to develop new models to get people online.
For more information and to keep up to date with the project’s activities, take a look at the website.
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