One-third of the world’s population has access to the Internet and two-thirds of the world does not. That’s about 5 billion people on Earth who are without Internet access. Facebook and its partners are planning to change that with Internet.org.
It is a lofty goal, and one that seems to make a ton of sense. You’ve heard the spiel. Today, the global economy functions in a huge way on the web. Online business, trade, sales, communication and marketing efforts take up a gigantic portion of large and small business models alike. Experts agree; the importance of the Internet in business is only going to grow in the coming years.
Although many consumers have branded Facebook Home (the social network’s Android platform) a flop, the program still has a very important fan — CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg told a packed crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt Wednesday that Facebook is still fully supportive of Home, and teased that Instagram and other social content will be coming to the cover feed soon.
Facebook made a big push with Home in April, but many users who downloaded Home were frustrated and unsure of what exactly it was. Many people complained through Google Play reviews that Home was taking over their phone, quickly deleting it.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt. Photo by Courtney Rundles.
In a wide-ranging interview with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington Wednesday at Disrupt in San Francisco, Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg talked about how going public made the company stronger, how Facebook is still focused on Home, and criticized the U.S. government for its handling of the National Security Agency leaks.
Mark Zuckerberg is out to change the world through building an infrastructure that will open connectivity to everyone.
In a wide-ranging interview with Wired, the Facebook co-founder and CEO says that the goal is possible to meet in as few as 3 to 5 years, if governments, businesses and other stakeholders work together on the initiative dubbed Internet.org. It would be a mistake to rely solely on altruism or one entity to meet the goal, he says.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take the stage once again at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Sept. 11. Zuckerberg spoke at last year’s Disrupt event about mobile, the company’s initial public offering, and its efforts in search.
Much has happened since then, as Facebook launched Graph Search and Facebook Home, as well as several other mobile improvements.
Zuckerberg will speak at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, the final day of Disrupt. While there’s no sign of exactly what he’ll discuss, between Facebook’s mobile efforts and Internet.org, there will be several potential topics.
They’re coming. All 5 billion of them. Are you ready? Facebook and six other companies — Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung — just announced that they are looking to connect 5 billion more mobile-phone users to the Internet.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s new endeavor is hosted at Internet.org, where he states:
Today, the Internet isn’t accessible for two-thirds of the world. Imagine a world where it connects us all.
One of Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s frequent mantras is that he wants to make the world become more open and connected. He took a giant leap toward this goal Wednesday by helping form Internet.org — a partnership between Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, aimed at bringing Internet access to 5 billion people.
Zuckerberg posted about his newest venture on his Facebook page:
For nine years, we’ve been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don’t have access to the internet.
I’m focused on this because I think it’s one of the greatest challenges of our generation. I’ve attached a rough plan I’ve written outlining the work Facebook is doing to solve this and how our industry can work together to connect the next 5 billion people.
Facebook has officially decided its eight members of the company’s board of directors, a vote that was taken earlier this week at the company’s inaugural shareholders meeting. It has been a busy week for Facebook executives, some of whom also sold stock this week.
Facebook confirmed, in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the company’s board of directors:
- Mark Andreessen
- Erskine Bowles
- Susan Desmond-Hellmann
- Donald Graham
- Reed Hastings
- Sheryl Sandberg
- Peter Thiel
- Mark Zuckerberg
Those who own a part of Facebook gathered Tuesday at the company’s shareholders meeting to ask about the future of the company, the direction of Facebook’s stock value, as well as other concerns. Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed concerns about the company’s stock, asking for patience from shareholders who bought stock during the company’s initial public offering (IPO).
Several of the investors who spoke at Tuesday’s inaugural shareholders meeting were unhappy with the way that Facebook’s stock has performed since launching at $38 per share.
HTC today revealed the HTC First, the first Android smartphone that comes with Facebook Home pre-installed on the device.
With Facebook Home pre-installed on the HTC First, users can get all the experiences from the new Facebook Home app, such as cover feed and chat heads. But the HTC First packs some exclusive Facebook Home functionality that the app won’t have like the ability to feed in email and calendar notifications to the home screen.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring mobile and social together,” said HTC CEO Peter Chou at the event today held at Facebook’s headquarters.
Instead of building the mythical Facebook phone or its own mobile operating system, Facebook decided to partner with mobile device manufacturer HTC, and build an Android app that functions as a home screen replacement, without the need to fork or modify the Android OS.
“Android was designed from the ground up to support these deep integrations,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Zuckerberg also revealed the Facebook Home Program for all original equipment manufacturers of Android devices, so in the future, more and more Android manufacturers could potentially design devices like the HTC First, with Facebook Home pre-loaded as the default home screen.
The HTC First will be available exclusively from AT&T on April 12 for $99.99, with four color choices including red, light blue, white and black. Pre-ordering for the HTC First begins today.