Zuckerberg launched Internet.org to connect the world to the Internet
Mark Zuckerberg announced the formation of the Internet.org partnership, whose goal is to make the Internet accessible to the whole world, writes The Verge. In addition to Facebook, a number of other technology companies have joined the partnership - Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera and Qualcomm.
Seven companies have decided to join forces for a number of initiatives that they hope will help go online two-thirds of the globe, which currently still does not have such an opportunity. Interestingly, Internet.org , launched yesterday, has already been translated into Russian.
As stated in the press releasea new partnership, Internet.org intends to focus on three areas. First of all, it’s accessibility, for which the founders will develop cheap means of access, including smartphones.
Secondly, it is data transfer efficiency, for which the group will focus on data compression and other methods that will allow services to occupy less bandwidth.
And thirdly, these are business models that Internet.org members intend to develop to encourage companies of all types to provide cheaper and faster Internet access in target regions.
Emerging markets have already become objects of interest in recent years. As the spread of the Internet and devices approached the saturation point in a number of countries, companies began to pay more attention to regions of the world where social, economic, and other factors hindered the same development.
Initiatives such as Mozilla Firefox OS and Google Project Loon have tried to solve certain aspects of the problem, but a holistic solution requires much wider efforts. This task is ideal for a coalition of companies of this size and caliber.
According to Zuckerberg, Internet.org is more concerned about human rights than business interests: “The unfair economic reality is that those already on Facebook are richer than the rest of the world put together. It is possible that the next few billion people will not bring us profits for a very long time, if they will bring at all. But we think everyone deserves to be connected. ”