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Connecting the World from the Sky
By Mark Zuckerberg
Mar. 28, 2014
Last August, Facebook partnered with leading technology companies to launch Internet.org ” a global effort to make affordable basic internet services available to everyone in the world.
Connecting the world is one of the fundamental challenges of our time. When people have access to the internet, they can not only connect with their friends, family and communities, but they can also gain access to the tools and information to help find jobs, start businesses, access healthcare, education and financial services, and have a greater say in their societies. They get to participate in the knowledge economy.
Building the knowledge economy is the key to solving many of our big social and economic challenges, and creates new growth and opportunities for people in every country. A recent study by Deloitte found that the internet is already an important driver of economic growth in many developing countries. Expanding internet access could create another 140 million new jobs, lift 160 million people out of poverty, and reduce child mortality by hundreds of thousands of lives. Connectivity isn’t an end in itself, but it’s a powerful tool for change.
However, there are significant obstacles to building the knowledge economy, and the internet is growing very slowly. Today, only around 2.7 billion people have access to the internet just a little more than a third of the world’s population. That number is only growing by about 9% every year. If we want to connect the world, we have to accelerate that growth. That’s our goal with Internet.org.
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