Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder of the company, which turned 29 in May this year, another mission in life. He wants the next five billion people to be connected to the Internet, and most of them will also be on Facebook. In a telephone interview from Palo Alto, California, his first conversation with the Indian Bulletin, Zuckerberg talked about Internet.org, and the challenges they face and the things he learned from building Facebook. Edited excerpts:
You have added another life mission by announcing Internet.org. How much of it is about getting the world connected and helping Facebook itself?
As you know, we have been in this mission to make the world more open and connected for a period of time we had to brave this cry in the company where we are really excited to connect billion. When we got close to doing it we realized that the real goal is not just connected billion people, but really to try and connect the whole world. But there are significant obstacles in doing so, is that the vast majority of people in the world do not have access to the Internet.
So we began to analyze this problem, and find out how we could fix this reality and create a backbone for many things, including access to information, access to information about health care, education, and employment opportunities, and just a lot of good things. It became clear that this problem is solvable, but no company or government can do everything by themselves. We must work together across different companies and industries. This is how I got Internet.org, by having conversations with many other companies around this common goal to have access to the Internet available to everyone in the world.
Some of the sceptics of this Internet-for-all approach, including Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, say that there are far greater challenges facing people, especially in the developing world.
So I’m not the first to recognize that there are more fundamental needs of the Internet. Someone who has no food or water, for them this is the more basic things. But for people who have those things, you have to have a phone, they may not have access to the Internet. We can create a way for them to connect with the global economy?
One of the things that I think it’s really unfair for the world today is that the richest 500 million people have way more money than six billion people coming along. I think that in the next few decades, and I hope that will change. One of the ways to achieve this is by giving everyone access to the Internet so that all access to the same information, and a lot of opportunities, and the same ability to share what they think and speak freely.
So, I think once you get the very basic needs in the past, and access to the Internet is really important for the development of people and countries. Read more on livemint.