Internet.org: Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Create a Dial Tone for the Internet
The recently concluded Mobile World Congress 2014 hosted the primary major appearance of Facebook founder and top dog Mark Zuckerberg since his social network company bought WhatsApp, a mobile device messaging company, for a whopping US$ 16 Billon Dollars.
His talk however involved more than the WhatsApp development.
Zuckerberg took the opportunity to proclaim to the whole world the plans of Facebook in terms of the mobile future.
To repeat his now famous quote “ We want to create a dial tone for the Internet.”
From the start of his talk, Mark Zuckerberg immediately emphasized his focus on “Internet.org”. (Internet.org is described in its website as “ Internet.org is a global partnership dedicated to making internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected.”)
He explained his thoughts and motivation to bring affordable if not free “Internet” to the whole world. He said that “ Most people in the world don’t have access to the Internet at all…. After Facebook reached its milestone of connecting a billion people,we stepped back and thought, how can we change the rest of world?”
The project not only carries the clout of the biggest social networking company in the world. It is also supported by a number of carriers around the globe who are partnering with Facebook. Zuckerberg said he plans to add more partners around the world to support this initiative.
On the website of Internet.org, the project describes the partnerships as “ a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it.”
Zuckerberg added that one aim of the project is to minimize the total cost of connections while decreasing the data flow and making the delivery of advertisements efficient to generate the needed funds.
Amid accusations hurled by his detractors that this is just another ploy of Facebook to tighten its grip on the world wide web, Zuckerberg quickly replied that Internet.org is not his or Facebook’s idea alone but an endeavor involving many partners.
Have a look at Mark Zuckerberg’s speech at the Mobile World Congress 2014.
Video: Mark Zuckerberg at The Mobile World Congress 2014 (Full Video) ( isaac nzaramba / YouTUbe)