A couple of weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend a week long Technology and Entrepreneur festival hosted by TransIP Inspiration Centraal in Shoreditch, UK. I had not managed to attend all and shamingly missed out on the good talks including “The Future of Technology” and “Coding Day” although I was lucky enough to have my friend update me on what I missed. These kinds of conventions and events are exactly right up my street; they allow my hunger for knowledge with the latest and the future of technology in helping everyone in the world to be satisfied. This week which is actually coincidental on some level, Mark Zuckerberg have given us a further update of the development of one of his projects Internet.org. What is it? This is exactly what this short article is about and somewhat a postscript of the talks that happened on TransIp Festival.
Internet.org, as it is put is a project conceptualizing the idea of connectivity, availability and neutralization. The slogan as it stands in the website is “The more we connect; the better it gets.” Currently, 4 billion people around the world; which is 2/3 of the population do not have access to the most basic internet services. This is a huge number of voices, talents and individuality that do not have the right resources to get heard and share ideas like we can (assuming that you are reading this, you most likely are accessing this article with an internet connection) and on a massive, cost and time-efficient scale. The idea of being able to connect with the global population in the world seemed too far-fetch of even a thought back in the golden days although we slowly saw the development of better and faster communication and the rise of smart technology only in the last couple of decades make this possibility more of a reality. We could call this a miracle but our journey is still ongoing.
An integral part of Mark’s idea which resonates to my thinking and is worth valuing is neutrality. At the core of project, Internet.org aims to prevent the notion of discrimination; an important part of being able to provide for everyone the opportunity that the internet can provide regardless of location, adversity caused by environment, economic disadvantageous to name a few. With net neutrality, we will be able to provide a wider platform for innovators, ideas and personalities to come to a stage that respects them with the ability to connect. If we could create this sense of exclusivity, it is possible that we could eliminate poverty in the scarcest of places in the planet lacking the most fundamental and incremental of resources.