Facebook’s Internet.org set to launch in Nigeria

Facebook’s Internet.org set to launch in Nigeria

Along with seven mobile phone companies, Facebook has been leading a project to introduce internet access throughout regions that currently don’t have easy access to connectivity.

 

On their website, the Internet.org initiative defines themselves as “a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access.”

 

Facebook's Internet.org will soon launch in Nigeria. (nigeriaembassyusa.org)

Facebook’s Internet.org will soon launch in Nigeria. (nigeriaembassyusa.org)

So far, the project has successfully introduced services in India, the Philippines, Zambia, Kenya, and Ghana.

 

Ebele Okobio, Internet.org’s Head of Public Policy in Africa, recently announced that the next zone promised connectivity is Nigeria.

 

According to CP-Africa writer Christie Uzebu, Internet.org in Nigeria will “provide people with access to basic internet services so they can find useful information such as health, education, finance, employment, communication and local information services without data charges.”

 

Internet.org aims to circumvent challenges that may prevent underdeveloped nations from establishing internet accessibility, such as expensive devices and service plans, a lack of mobile networks, and limited power sources. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg works with Internet.org under the assumption that “connectivity is a human right, and that if we work together we can make it a reality.”

 

What are your thoughts on the Internet.org initiative? Is internet access a basic human right? Let’s talk here, or find me on Twitter @ryanlawlessness

Ryan Lawless

Ryan Lawless is an undergraduate student at Fordham University. He studies English and Spanish as majors, and philosophy as a minor. He won the Margaret Lamb Writing to the Right-Hand Margin award for creative fictional writing, and has been published in Fordham's literary magazine The Ampersand, and its newspaper, The Observer. Ryan grew up in New York, but is also an Irish citizen. He enjoys fiddles, coffee, and music.

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