Mark Zuckerberg has always been outspoken when it comes to his ideas about technology. When he’s not talking about Facebook though, lately he has been frequently talking about Internet.org, his personal project that has been assigned the mission of connecting those who do not, or cannot afford access to the Internet. While many of us in the United States rarely think about life without the Internet, especially during what is regularly referred to as the digital age – there are billions of people without access to the Internet.
In a recent interview, Zuckerberg said of the Internet, “The model that we consider this to be most similar to is 911 in the US. So even if you haven’t paid for a phone plan, you can always dial 911, and if there is a crime or a health emergency or fire, you get basic help.” It sounds simple enough in concept, but executing such a plan would be expansive and intensive to say the very least – and that would be just to get such a service online in the first place.
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That being said though, many have connected the fact that Zuckerberg would ultimately be pitching this type of service through his Internet child, Facebook. Clearly, he has intentions of doing good, but many have cried foul when they’ve connected the notion of reporting a serious crime or medical emergency – with something as unimportant as commenting on a friend’s picture, or status update.
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Zuckerberg did relent though that it would need “to be pretty cheap for them to do.” Meaning, they would likely have to utilize the incredibly inexpensive, text-based bits that would drive the Internet when push comes to shove. Immediately, sites like Wikipedia come to mind – which are mostly-text, with little details on them outside of the text. That being said though, it’s most-definitely an interesting concept and a definite sign of where the Internet is going. While many might find this concept to be ludicrous right now, that isn’t actually the case when we think about what the Internet is today, and what it could potentially be 5 or 10 years from now. Especially given how quickly it has evolved in its short lifespan already.