Mark Zuckerberg's Big Idea: Connecting The 5 Billion People Without Internet
Posted: September 12, 2013 by Alex Chan
While most of us take the Internet for granted, there are still 5 billion people who are currently not connected to the global network. Imagining a world in which everyone has an Internet access, Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg started a new campaign, internet.org.
Launched last month, Internet.org is a global partnership between various technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities, and experts. They are all working on new business models, network infrastructure, and data-compression technologies that will bring the internet to the two thirds of the world's population that doesn't have it. Their goal is not only to make it possible for everyone to get a smartphone, but also to make the data that powers them affordable. After all, most of the cost of possessing a smartphone is the data, not the hardware.
Wonder how much will it cost? Well, Zuckerberg claims he has already invested more than $1 billion in his mission to get all people connected, and he's "hoping to do a lot more."
Bearing in mind that the goal to get 1 billion Facebook users has been achieved, Mark's altruistic idea is very likely to come true. Even though this milestone is much bigger, Facebook has already focused itself to connect the next 5 billion around the world.
Now, can you imagine a 100% connected world in which everyone will be able to share their thoughts?