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Facebook Brings Facebook to Zambia
By: Jessica Cherok
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If there was one thing you could say Facebook is being the good guy about, it’s probably its Internet.org initiative. Internet.org is “a global partnership dedicated to making affordable internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected.”

According to the Internet.org website, only one out of every three people have access to the internet. The rest are unable due to devices and service plans being too costly, lack of network availability, as well as language barriers in the content. As a result, many people in the world are missing out on the awesomeness of the Internet.

Facebook, along with several other global partners, is seeking to change that. They want to bring internet access to the two-thirds of the world currently without it. This week, the Internet.org app launched in Zambia, the first of the developing countries to receive free access to the internet via the partnership with local carrier, Airtel.

Currently, the access is done through the Facebook Android app, leaving many to believe Facebook is using charity to market their product. Internet.org’s response is that there will be more than just Facebook available in the future.

Regardless of how the internet is accessed, the overall program is exciting. For those of us who have regular, consistent access to the internet, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like seeing it for the first time. (Though admittedly, it’s also hard to imagine what seeing it for the first time only through Facebook.)

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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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