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Facebook CEO Reveals Plan to Connect Rest of World

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Mark Zuckerberg gives a rough proposal on how will bring mobile internet connectivity to everyone.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed late on Tuesday, a global partnership with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, with the goal to make internet access available to the rest of the planet. Today, just 2.7 billion people have access to the internet, or about one-third of the world.

Zuckerberg shared his proposal publicly in a document that poses the question, "Is connectivity a human right?" In it, he details the three main challenges on which will focus: making internet access more affordable, improving app efficiency to decrease data usage, and helping businesses develop new models for getting customers online.

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In order for Facebook to grow, so must the pool of internet users – but Zuckerberg stresses in his plan that increasing the world's access will benefit the global knowledge economy.

"Before the internet and the knowledge economy, our economy was primarily industrial and resource-based. Many dynamics of resource-based economies are zero sum," Zuckerberg wrote. "For example, if you own an oil field, then I can’t also own that same oil field. This incentivizes those with resources to hoard rather than share them. But a knowledge economy is different and encourages worldwide prosperity. It’s not zero sum. If you know something, that doesn’t stop me from knowing it too. In fact, the more things we all know, the better ideas, products and services we can all offer and the better all of our lives will be."

Zuckerberg states in his document that this is just a "rough proposal," and that he expects the details to evolve over time. For its own part, Facebook plans to decrease the amount of data used by mobile devices accessing its service. According to Zuckerberg, the average user consumes about 12 MB of data per day on Facebook, but the goal is to push that down to 1 MB.

According to the press release, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung and other partners will "build on existing partnerships while exploring new ways to collaborate to solve these problems."

"Connecting the world is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. This is just one small step toward achieving that goal. I’m excited to work together to make this a reality," wrote Zuckerberg on his Facebook post.

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    SirGCal , August 21, 2013 9:03 AM
    To bring malware and spam to EVERYONE, Muahahaha!

    Sorry, I got out of facebook long ago with one of their policy changes. Ya, I read those... So few do I know. But every time I see their name. Nice they want to 'connect' the world, but their motives leave me curious.
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    Onus , August 21, 2013 9:09 AM
    Facebook has lately been consistently discriminating against Conservative-leaning, patriotic, and/or Christian pages. Many have been taken down, while pages advocating Sharia, or with messages preferring that Mary had had an abortion, or "Kill George Zimmerman!" are left alone. Fortunately, an alternative is in the works. I will post more about it in the fall once it is up and open to the public.
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    DRosencraft , August 21, 2013 9:35 AM
    Between this and Google's Project Loon, I think these companies are missing the very basic fact that a major problem with many places that don't have internet is the lack of infrastructure to support it, and lack of money to buy the devices that use it. I was just talking about this in my blog a little this morning; someone dodging bullets while struggling to get clean water, let alone a meal, and make pennies a day, isn't clamoring to get internet access. This kind of project doesn't mean a whole lot to people in such situations.
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    Chris Scerbo , August 21, 2013 10:57 AM
    Just what the Internet needs. 5 Billion more A holes...
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    wysir , August 21, 2013 11:09 AM
    Facebook CEO Reveals Plan to Connect Rest of World

    The NSA plans to extend its spy program to the rest of the world through the Facebook network.

    Did I read this right?
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    stratplaya , August 21, 2013 11:28 AM
    Mark, How about fiber optics lines for all of the US beforehand?
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    gm0n3y , August 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    While censorship is bad, at least they are going after the right-wing nutballs.
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    Onus , August 21, 2013 12:10 PM
    And leaving the left-wing hate-mongers? I won't say they don't have the right, but I'd feel a lot safer in a neighborhood of gun-owning good 'ol boys than in a leftist-controlled hellhole like Detroit or Chicago.
    For only the second time in my life, I actually had the opportunity not long ago to attend a gun show. Of course I wasn't there all day, but I'm pretty sure there were no casualties while I was there.
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    Hard Line , August 21, 2013 12:34 PM
    I would like to see Facebook cracking down on hate speech first..there are people claiming to be Christians spreading hate speech and inciting riots against other religions pages and groups that have been up for months and yet they are reported by thousands, the pages are still up. it has even been taken up by cnn ireport!
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    Onus , August 21, 2013 12:47 PM
    True, there is a lot of it on all sides. I'm not trying to excuse any of it.
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    koga73 , August 21, 2013 2:14 PM
    "Is connectivity a human right?"
    What?!?! Seriously? It seems everything nowadays is becoming a human right... last I checked the bill of rights spells out what our founding fathers believed to be our god given rights. I'm really getting tired of all the handouts liberals give out in the name of "human rights".

    @DRosencraft I'm with you on that there are so many other things these countries need before the internet. It's too bad facebook and google only want to steal more peoples personal information for marketing purposes.
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    popatim , August 21, 2013 2:38 PM
    Yes yes.. Zucker got fed up with not having easy to access internet when he goes on Safari; but how does he expect the natives that he pays $1 a week to carry his stuff around to ever afford a pc or smartphone?
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    otacon72 , August 21, 2013 6:33 PM
    Going to venture a guess that the other 2/3 of the world's population would rather have clean drinking water and enough food to eat.
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    Algernon Ex , August 22, 2013 2:36 AM
    I think it is critical for the development of an accretive knowledge economy, for more and more people to share core knowledge, imagery and ideas, such as what fruit they are eating at this very moment, the colour and disposition of the tiles in their bathroom, and of course every single thought that enters their minds at any time of the day. I welcome this revolution, thank you so much Mark for giving the world Facebook.
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    softplacetoland , August 22, 2013 2:09 PM
    'Rest of the world reveals plan to disconnect Facebook CEO'

    Fixed :]
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    spentshells , August 23, 2013 5:38 AM
    If it has been deemed that water is not a human right then I assure you that facebook is not a human right,
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