(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t simply want to be known as a social titan, he’s setting out to provide Internet access to those who currently don’t have it.
The social network CEO announced the initiative recently, partnering with the likes of Samsung, Ericsson, Qualcomm, MediaTek and Nokia.
“There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting 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,” Zuckerberg stated via a press release.
It’s currently estimated that 2/3rds of the world is without access to the web.
Via the initiative, the companies will push using data more efficiently, making access affordable along with helping businesses drive access.
It’s not the first time Zuckerberg has been involved in initiatives outside Facebook’s specialty, however. Zuckerberg previously worked to form the Facebook-involved Open Compute Project, an organization looking to spread the availability of more efficient data center designs.