Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the launch of Internet.org, a global partnership of technology leaders with the goal of making internet access available to the next 5 billion people.
Internet.org is founded by the following companies — Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. Their goal is “to make internet access available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.”
These tech giants will share tools, resources and best practices in an effort to:
1) make internet access more affordable by developing technologies that can decrease the cost of delivering data to people worldwide, and helps expand internet access in underserved communities.
2) enhance data usage by investing in tools and software to improve data compression capabilities and make data networks and services run more efficiently.
3) help businesses drive access by supporting development of sustainable new business models and services that make it easier for people to access the internet.
The Internet.org website is already up and running and will provide an overview of its mission and goals. In the coming weeks, it will feature interviews with technology leaders and experts, along with the latest news on the initiative’s activities.