So, here is the deal: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to connect everyone, including the impoverished and remote regions, to the Internet. Is his endeavor sustained by aspiring for absolute monopoly when it comes to the Internet on Earth or is he up to something philanthropic? Well, we will see when we get there. But for now, Zuckerberg’s project is so big he has already had the opportunity to speak at the United Nation’s General Assembly. Yes, that college drop-out guy.
To cut the long story short, Zuckerberg believes that free access to the Internet should be enshrined in the Declaration of Human Rights as an imprescriptible right of every 21-century citizen. Sounds fantastic, does it not? If that works, the access to the Internet will be considered as a basic human right, ranging with food, water, and safety. The Facebook CEO has already started developing his project, which is simply called Internet.org, very enthusiastically. He plans to use drones, lasers, artificial intelligence software, and other cool stuff to deliver the net worldwide to the most remote places. But, according to Zuckerberg, hidden and hard-to-reach places are not the real problem—they cover only 10-15% of the unconnected people. The problem is poverty. People cannot see any use in paying for the Internet if they can hardly pay for bread. And providers are not going to operate at a loss for public good. But Zuckerberg will!
Now the Facebook CEO is trying to convince everyone that his endeavor is a brilliant idea and inspire people to join him. He has already given speeches in two universities of Beijing and “checked in” at various places in Barcelona, Panama, India, and Indonesia. More than that, he is trying to work out the reasons for global problems by reading political and philosophical books related to the topic. The latest one from his reading list is Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power Prosperity and Poverty. It is hard to tell whether this humanistic project will end with Facebook bankruptcy, global Internet control, or free and easily accessible information. But one thing is certain: the Internet is changing our lives, and Zuckerberg wants that process to go faster.