Facebook has built a legend on the premise of connectivity.
The tech giant has attracted somewhat of a cult following, luring 1.44 billion active monthly users as of March 31, 2015, according to published statistics.
The brainchild of 31-year-old, $34.8 billion net worth, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s mission is to “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”
Imagine a world in which everyone has access to knowledge.
A world in which ideas are shared, innovation is stimulated, and opportunities are bountiful.
The backbone of such a world is the internet.
The internet is the means by which knowledge can be transferred. It is the means by which the world can be connected.
In 2013, Facebook CEO and Co-Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, pursued a vision: Facebook to connect the unconnected.
“A Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits, and local communities to connect the two-thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access.” (View website here).
The motive behind Internet.Org is to eradicate the barriers that are preventing two out of every three people in our world from accessing the Internet. To overcome the obstacles that are stunting the sharing of knowledge and innovation.
How does it work?
The catalysts behind a lack of connectivity are multifarious: absence of mobile networks, limited and costly power sources, inadequate networks and/or platforms, language barriers, and expensive devices & service plans, to name a few.
Worldwide: developers, manufacturers, and network operators are collaborating to diminish costs and increase efficiency of mobile networks. Supporters and partners of Internet.org are seeking to eliminate the aforementioned barriers by lessening the cost of delivering data, expanding bandwidth to enable ease of data transmission, and investing in data compression and caching tools.
CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED:
The global economy is drastically changing.
The cornerstone of the future world economy is knowledge.
As opposed to a resource-based, zero-sum economy, such that my stalk of corn for dinner cannot also be your stalk of corn for dinner, a knowledge-based economy knows no limits. If I know something, so, too, can you.
The colossal power of knowledge is that it can be shared.
Providing internet to every single person in the entire world is a sizable goal. Given the vast nature of the required menu, Internet.org must be a global effort.
Founded by Facebook, other global participants include:
THE CONNECTIVITY LAB @ FACEBOOK:
In our effort to connect the whole world with Internet.org, we’ve been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky. – Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Co-Founder, Facebook.
Established in March of 2014, the Connectivity Lab is a team within Facebook comprised of innovative experts in aerospace technology aspiring to develop connectivity from the ground, in the sky, and in orbit.
The Connectivity Lab was founded on the premise that different population densities require different means of connectivity.
Planes and satellites offer viable solutions.
For example, solar-powered aircraft at a high altitude has been established as most efficient and reliable for internet connection in highly populated, suburban areas, while low-orbit and geosynchronous satellites are more appropriate for lower density areas.
For all solutions, the Connectivity Lab utilizes FSO, or free-space optical communication, a technology that utilizes light technology in “free space” using invisible, electromagnetic radiation. FSO can significantly augment the speed of satellite internet connections.
Read More Here: “Connecting the World from the Sky”, by Mark Zuckerberg.
As defined by The World Bank, empowerment is the process of increasing the assets and capabilities of individuals or groups to make purposive choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. Empowered people have freedom of choice and action.
Empowerment is the driver behind Internet.Org. The more people in our world that are connected, the more people in our world that will be empowered to make a difference.
Empowerment is self-determined change.
Internet.org was recently launched in Bolivia.
View Zuckerberg’s Facebook post here.
Bolivian citizen, Antonio Handal, expressed his gratitude on Facebook:
Mark, I just read Internet.org is launching in Bolivia. I am Bolivian, and I can assure you that what you’ve just done is going to change the life in my country. Thank you very much for (the) tremendous step, there will be many people in my country (that will) thank you for the opportunity to have access through Internet.org to the world.