Facebook’s top snoop and social engineer Mark Zuckerberg said, “We have a historic opportunity ahead of us to improve the lives of billions of people. It’s just the right thing to do.”
Internet.org is essentially a mobile application that provides free access to a handful of other applications, platforms and websites, including Facebook, Wikipedia and the BBC. Use of Internet.org comes at no cost; local carriers stream data via the service for free.
As apps go this might seem well and good but Zuckerberg sees Internet.org as far more than an app. If things proceed as planned, it will represent the entirety of the Internet for a significant proportion of the world’s population.
And that’s the problem because Internet.org isn’t the Internet. It’s an enclosed digital domain that doesn’t benefit the poor so much as it pads Facebook’s bottom line. Imagine the benefits of a billion new subscribers for a company whose business is built on harvesting user data.
As Facebook pushes Internet.org from continent to continent, backlash against the effort has also spread. Read the rest here.