Internet Org News
Connectivity: Facebook’s new umbrella organisation for its internet projects
Facebook’s projects like internet.org, Terragraph, and OpenCellular will all fall under it.
Facebook has launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in Kenya and Indonesia: Report
Facebook has launched an app of the Express Wi-Fi in two countries, though the Express Wi-Fi network is in five developing countries.
Citizen's right to access internet is non-negotiable and no companies will be allowed to restrict that, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Speaking at the Global Conference on Cyberspace Security, he said the government did not allow social networking giant Facebook's Free Basics programme because it offered access to select Internet services
Trai has extended the deadline for comments on net neutrality by a month; new date set as 15 March
Telecom regulator Trai today extended the last date for comments on the contentious Net neutrality by a month to March 15. Telecom operators and Internet-based companies have been at loggerheads on the issue.
Facebook Lite reaches 200 million users worldwide, and it’s a lot better than Free Basics
Even with a narrowed down access point, Facebook Lite presents a fairly neutral picture of the internet at a fraction of the cost.
Like Facebook and Google, China's UCWeb is looking to offer free internet in India
UCWeb, a subsidiary of China’s Alibaba group, is looking to make inroads in India by offering subsidised or even free internet access to Indians.
$1 trillion extra GDP by 2020 if all Indians get online
If the number of people with access to internet were to reach 100 percent, India’s GDP could be increased by an extra $1 trillion by 2020.
How NASSCOM went soft on Facebook's biggest mistake
Facebook seems to be in a fix. Although it's plateaued in more ways than one, it's easy to notice how the company is trying all sorts of tricks to gain more users on to its social network that is expected to never have a satiation point.
Facebook keen to shift focus to other parts of internet.org
Disappointed with TRAI’s ruling banning Free Basics, Facebook has said it will now focus on other parts of the internet.org programme and wants to work with all operators in order to get more people on the Internet.
3.2 billion people had Internet access in 2015: Facebook
The number of people worldwide with Internet access reached 3.2 billion at the end of 2015, but the remaining 4.1 billion still could not get online, a Facebook-sponsored study showed.
Facebook's Free Basics helped just one dominant player: Vodafone CEO
Taking a strong pitch for more competition in offering internet services, Vodafone Group chief Vittorio Colao has spoken his mind on Facebook's Free Basics, saying it was helping just "one dominant player" in India.
Disappointed with TRAI verdict but will keep working to deliver free Internet access: Mark Zuckerberg
Expressing disappointment on India's decision on net neutrality, Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg has said he is committed to keep working to break down connectivity barriers in India and around the world.
Mark Zuckerberg reveals 2016 plans for AI butler
Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an artificially intelligent assistant in 2016 to help run his home and assist him at work, the Facebook founder and chief executive said.
Free Basics: No one has progressed in life by wasting time on Facebook
A lot's been spoken about Free Basics. But the unfortunate problem in India is the Facebook generation! Many aren’t aware of the net neutrality debate, or the cause and why it is important.
Free Basics: No one has excelled in life by wasting time on Facebook
We’d rather prefer it if Facebook was upfront of the ‘need to help’ the unfortunate
From integrating people to Internet.org: Facebook's 2015
During 2015, social networking giant Facebook was truly a uniting force through both good times and tragedies and focused its efforts on boosting internet connectivity in India, says its COO in a blog post looking back at the year ready to pass by.
Save the Internet: AIB's new video reveals how Facebook's Free Basics violates net neutrality
Besides India, Internet.org has also been launched in other emerging countries like Colombia, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana. Well, the least he could do is stop calling it a noble cause as its simply shrewd business. After facing criticism in India, the company rebranded Internet.org to Free Basics. It’s like packaging old wine in a new bottle and is against net neutrality in India.
Net neutrality: Is an aggressive Facebook turning Free Basics into a movement?
After rebranding Internet.org a couple of times, Facebook is now positioning it as a movement to capture user attention.
Digital 'equality' not so equal: Is an aggressive Facebook turning Free Basics into a movement?
Wouldn’t it be impressive if users could access the internet through computers in their school? Aren’t there better things to do than to like a photo on Facebook?
Facebook asks US-based users to support Free Basics in India; says it was an 'accident'
Some can be really tenacious and Facebook sure makes it to the list! Facebook continues to push its ‘Free Basics’ to India.