SYSTEMS: When you have the apparent spending power ($1 billion for Instagram!) of Facebook, dreams of the philanthropic kind can also become a reality. And so Mark Zuckerberg is plotting perhaps one of the most ambitious, digital-led initiatives ever: wire up the world. Read the full story on Wired.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission - he wants to get everyone on the planet connected to the internet.
Last week, in an effort to reach this lofty goal, the Facebook CEO announced the establishment of Internet.org, a consortium that allied his company with handset makers (Nokia, Samsung, Ericcson), a browser company (Opera), and network infrastructure manufacturers (Qualcomm, MediaTek).
In a ten-page white paper shared on, obviously, Facebook, he postulated that a connected world could address economic disparity and outlined a vision of even the poorest people connecting to low-cost, low-data versions of basic Internet services.
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NB: Connect world image via Shutterstock.