Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is leading a new initiative called Internet.org, which is a global partnership with a goal to make the Internet accessible to the next 5 billion people. Today one-third of the population (around 2.7 billion) people have access to the Internet. Internet adoption is growing at under 9% per year.
“Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people around the world the power to connect,” Zuckerberg said. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”
The goal of Internet.org is to make Internet access available to the other two-thirds of the world.
Aside from Facebook, other founding members of Internet.org includes Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung. These companies will develop join projects, share knowledge, and mobilize governments to bring the world online.
Internet.org is influenced by the successful Open Compute Project, which has a goal of lowering the costs of cloud computing by making hardware design more efficient.
The Internet.org website launched on Tuesday and it provides an overview of the missions and goals of the initiative. The website will feature interviews with technology leaders in the coming weeks.