This week, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, announced his ambitious but vague plan to bring internet to the two thirds of the world who still do not have access. Whilst this idea of connecting the whole world is still only in its fledgling stages, it is certainly an admirable goal.
The rough stages of Zuckerberg’s idea were highlighted in a plan written by the young CEO himself. In this plan, he talks about the search to make data access more affordable to smartphones, thereby making internet access easier around the world. 5 billion people today still have no way to connect to the internet, missing out of the huge database of knowledge and opportunity that global connectivity brings with it.
With the cost of data delivery still running high, Zuckerberg suggests that it may be possible to reduce the amount of data being transferred, allowing easier transmission of data and information. This plan could introduce basic internet functionality, but it is unlikely that such connections would be able to host more data-intensive online experiences such as video streaming or downloads. However communication tools such as messaging and email, as well as informational tools such as search engines and Wikipedia will help to connect people to the world around them.