Zuckerberg, Gates make bid for universal Internet access

September 26, 2015
Nepalese girls surfing the internet in the village of Nagi, some 200 kms west of Kathmandu using home-made computers assembled i
Nepalese girls surfing the internet in the village of Nagi, some 200 kms west of Kathmandu using home-made computers assembled in wooden boxes

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates on Saturday threw their weight and resources behind the goal of bringing Internet access to everyone in the world by 2020.

The pledge is part of a United Nations effort to eradicate by 2030, a goal set on Friday during a special summit at the global body.

The Internet became commonplace in developed countries in the 1990s, but UN officials estimate that half the world does not have reliable access—especially women and girls, whose education is vital to development.

"When people have access to the tools and knowledge of the Internet, they have access to opportunities that make life better for all of us," said a declaration signed by Zuckerberg and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have devoted their wealth to philanthropy.

"The Internet belongs to everyone. It should be accessible by everyone," the declaration said.

Zuckerberg, writing on Facebook, said that for every 10 people connected to the Internet, one is lifted out of poverty.

"If we connect the more than four billion people not yet online, we have a historic opportunity to lift the entire world in the coming decades," he wrote.

Other signatories included Jimmy Wales, co-founder of free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and U2 frontman Bono on behalf of his One anti-poverty campaign.

Jamie Drummond, global executive director of One, called on every country to come up with an "urgent plan" to meet the Internet access goals.

Philanthropist's Bill Gates has teamed up with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to bring internet to everyone in the world by 2020
Philanthropist's Bill Gates has teamed up with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to bring internet to everyone in the world by 2020

The campaigners did not announce funding on their own, but the United Nations has said that meeting the new global goals will cost between $3.5 and $5 trillion per year.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Saturday launched its own roadmap, which put a top priority on improving the health and education for girls.

Releasing the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that more than $25 billion has been committed so far to meeting the goals, led by $3.3 billion from the United States and large pledges from Canada, Germany and Sweden.

Melinda Gates, speaking to reporters in advance of the launch, said that the health and education of girls was critical to anti-poverty efforts and that the issue had not been sufficiently emphasized in the UN's previous Millennium Development Goals.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg writes that for every 10 people connected to the Internet, one is lifted out of poverty
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg writes that for every 10 people connected to the Internet, one is lifted out of poverty

"When we look at investing our own money or asking governments to invest their money... we have to make sure that those investments make a difference," she said.

For a girl, "for every year she is educated, she increases her income by 20 percent when she goes out to get a job," Gates said.

Gates said that family planning was also "hugely important" to fighting poverty by ensuring that parents can adequately provide for children.

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AGreatWhopper
1 / 5 (4) Sep 27, 2015
It's just as important that there be standards, treating it like an utility, not a consumer product. Universal access doesn't mean diddly if it is crap. I live in a city that decided to have Sprint provide universal access. Finished, it's on utility poles and only works if you're within about 25 feet of the pole. Oh, but look at that! It just happens to be perfect for location tracking of the city buses. Oh, and what another coincidence. The transit authority tried to get that approved on a referendum a few years earlier and it was defeated.

If Fuckerberg and Hates are on it, you know there will be fraud involved. If either of those two ever tried to walk a straight line, they'd pass out from acute vertigo. Crooked as a barrel of fish hooks, those.
Spaced out Engineer
not rated yet Sep 27, 2015
Damn Whopper! Your mean, but only partially right. To implement such a large scope program the more buy in, the possible it becomes. I believe Mark and Bill both want people to have access to information and education. It is just going to take time.

You make an interesting point that what is needed may not be a vision of access to the Web, but more about the access to information that permits trade, comerse, and infrastructure. Who needs more people jerking off to porn? We need self sustainable nations with lower infant mortality rates that know how to reward what works. If rape and violence tend to decrease due to an open Web so be it. I'd be more concerned with providing clean water(or the tools to get it/find it), food(or the production of goods to trade with nations that can provide it), and 3D printing of housing.
antigoracle
not rated yet Sep 27, 2015
If there's anything that can eradicate poverty, it's the UN parasite and they'll accomplish with their true agenda; eradicate the poor.
Lex Talonis
1 / 5 (1) Sep 27, 2015
Mark Suck-A-Terd, his sleazy privacy policies, consumer web tracking and service user surveillance, along with Billy Gates - the sleaziest software company ever to export it's global spying capacity around he world.....

Awesome.

Their charitable intentions leave me monitised and malware struck.
LordHellFire666
5 / 5 (1) Sep 28, 2015
Getting access to the internet gives people access to the wealth of information the human race has to share.

Like simple inexpensive "lifehacks" which can make your immediate world just a little bit better if you could not think of simple solutions to simple problems yourself.
When you are down on your luck, you may not have much "energy" to do or think of what is necessary to fix the simpler problems or think that an expensive solution would be required when a simpler one exists.

A good example of this is the question of how to light up a dark room during the day as cheap as possible.
A coke bottle through a roof with a bit of bleach and some filtered water. BAM: Instant no-electricity cheap 55 watt solar light.
How many of you would have come up with that idea yourself? I probably would not have and would have assumed I'd either need electricity and lamps, or make glass/plastic windows, which is a very expensive or very drafty solution to the no/low light problem.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) Sep 28, 2015
At least they're doing something about it. I'm not enamored with either Zuckerberg or Gates, but even bad access is better than no access. Especially in places where suppression of information is used to control people's minds.
thaken
not rated yet Sep 28, 2015
Of course when this happens, the internet will need to be, dumb down, some more. In the 70s and 80s, the internet was for the intelligent. Unfortunately this access is forced to survive, "unlike such things as the CB Radio.", since TV cannot infiltrate the minds and influence the propaganda to the masses, the internet is the next choice. To bad the phone company was the only entity that figured how to supply electric to their products. Not the whole story.
Returners
not rated yet Sep 29, 2015
At least they're doing something about it. I'm not enamored with either Zuckerberg or Gates, but even bad access is better than no access. Especially in places where suppression of information is used to control people's minds.


I agree.

The Irradication of the evil religion of Islam can only be accomplished through education, since direct banning of it would be hypocritically deemed a human rights or a first amendment rights violation. therefore lets bring internet access to the poorest countries in Africa and parts of the middle east, one way or another by cable, telephone line, or satellite, so that women and children (both boys and girls) can have access to education and to outside religious influence in order to learn for themselves that the oppression of their families is caused by ridiculous evil religious abuse in many cases. Only THEN will they be empowered to make a different choice for themselves.

There will never be "peace on Earth" as long as Islam exists.
Returners
not rated yet Sep 29, 2015
Teh U.S. should just Annex Iraq, so that we can police them (and tax them) directly, and westernize their culture. They owe us and certain nations in their region, such as Israel and Kuwait, a multi-trillion dollar reprisal from past wars. By annexing them we would make them subject to our civil and criminal laws, and thereby westernize Iraq over a few generations time. This would give western democratic civilization a foot-hold in the middle east, from which rational thought and prosperity could then spread over time to the surrounding area.

It would also provide a consistent staging area from which to launch coordinated attacks against fanatical terrorist elements in Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iran.

In addition to stabilizing the region,it would provide security for all people and as well priceles monuments from the dawn of human civilization, which the idiot Muslims have a habit of destroying on sight (Hypocritically contrary to the law of Moses which forbade this).

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