Mark Zuckenberg has a dream to provide free internet to the world, something we already enjoy without thinking twice in the USA. He envisions it as a “911 of the internet” and feel that just like we have access to emergency care, so the internet should also be accessible by all.
As a South African in America I can understand first hand the effect this dream of his can have. Back at home we have students desperately trying to complete studies while textbook got delayed by corrupt officials. Riots and violence makes it hard to leave home let alone hold a job. Having access to the internet gives us access to knowledge, remote communication, the ability to be productive without being at a workplace.
"Bringing the World Internet access is our moral responsibility!" - Mark Zuckenberg.
Targeting the poor and giving them the ability to explore a digital word will definitely be scary and strange at first. I often tell my clients before they are able to fully understand marketing their businesses on Facebook, they need to plugin on Facebook as a human.
Make friends with people you know, find your estranged family, seek out old flames. When you are drawn to the addiction down the rabbit hole of your social feed only then you can also understand the power of its full reach.
The poor might feel extorted and used to drive capitalism but I am urging you to please look further. When you look further and see that YOU can be on the receiving side. YOU can be empowered. YOU can use this tool to be your own boss. YOU can work towards building your own business. YOU have the ability to support your family....if you decide to put in the work.
The internet is one of the most powerful tools for economic and social progress. It gives people access to jobs, knowledge and opportunities. It gives voice to the voiceless in our society, and it connects people with vital resources for health and education. - Mark Zuckenberg
Internet.org was created to connect the world, but to do this many obstacles must be overcome. In this day and age it might be hard to grasp but not everyone wants the poor connected and empowered. In a consumer driven society capitalism and corporate giants with big CEO's dependent on the labor and submission of the poor.
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." - Steve Biko. "Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings". - Nelson Mandela