Sunday, November 10, 2013

Facebook launches Initiative To Connect The Unconnected World

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Facebook announced that it has partnered with Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera and Qualcomm to launch a project called, to make the worldwide web available to two-thirds of the planet still not connected to the Internet with internet access via cheaper devices, better business models and better infrastructure.

According to Facebook, only 2.7 billion people — just over a third of the world’s population — around the world currently have access to the Internet. And, the goal of is to connect the remaining five billion people and provide the same opportunities enjoyed by those in the connected third of the world.

“There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy,” Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, said in a statement. “ brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”

Improving the global economy is certainly a laudable goal, although Facebook stands to benefit from this, too.

The website is currently live and provides an overview of its mission and goals, and in coming weeks, it is expected to feature interviews with technology leaders and experts, along with the latest news on the project’s progress.

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