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Facebook in Space!
By: Jessica Cherok
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Facebook, as part of their Internet.org project, has been working for the last several years to make Internet access more available to rural parts of the world.

While Facebook has touted the project as purely humanitarian, many have criticized it as a way for the social media giant to dominate in fledgling internet markets.

According to Internet.org's website, "Connecting billions of people will be a massive global effort that requires ongoing innovation. Developers, mobile operators and device manufacturers will work together to introduce business models that give people more ways to go online."

Facebook has partnered with Eutelsat to build the satellite, which will be launched in late 2016. The goal is for users to be able to easily access the Internet via the satellite with their existing devices. Facebook is also working on a drone that would bring high-speed wireless Internet access to remote areas for up to 90 days at a time.

However, not everyone is excited about Facebook's goals. Critics have accused the social media giant, and other Internet.org participants, of using the project to gain market advantages, and thereby limiting local competition. Facebook and Internet.org have denied the accusations.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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