Mark Zuckerberg founder of The Facebook wanted to make universal internet access a reality by 2020. Zuckerberg, who is working with the One organization, founded by U2 singer and post-Geldof pseudo-Messiah Bono, made this proposal at UN as part of its Global Goals initiative, explaining that “connecting the world is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation.”
“Today over half the people on this planet don’t have access,” Zuckerberg said in a joint New York Times op-ed with Bono. “That is not good for anyone — not for the disempowered and disconnected, and not for the other half, whose commerce and security depend on having stable societies.”
Zuckerberg told the examples of the African farmers who use mobile internet for tracking inventory and prices of crops and livestock, women also use mobile internet to get health information and refugees use smartphones to stay in touch with loved ones during their journey to other countries. It illustrate that the internet improves the lives of everyone. According to a new UN report, 57% of the world or 4 billion people – doesn’t have internet connections.
“It’s one thing to say we should connect the world. The real trick is how,” Zuckerberg said. “There’s no simple solution or silicon bullet.”
With the advantage of mobile internet, the biggest remaining challenges are to bring internet to that areas which have not access to electricity.
“Nine out of 10 rural Africans don’t have electricity,” said Zuckerberg. “Governments can make the difference. This is why we support initiatives like President Obama’s Power Africa plan and the bipartisan Electrify Africa Act in Congress, as well as the African Development Bank’s investments in renewable energy.”