Namaste India! Bring India to the World and the World to India: Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his visit to India attended the two-day long Internet.org summit that aims to make internet access affordable for people who do not have it globally and also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said "About 2.7 billion people have access to the internet. But that's only one-third of humanity. Almost 4.5 billion people don't use the internet,"
Almost one billion of those disconnected people live in India — something that Zuckerberg sees as a huge waste of potential. "I could start Facebook out of a dorm in Harvard because connectivity wasn't an issue. When one billion people are offline, the whole world is being robbed of their creativity and ideas. When you hook them up to the Net, you don't just change their lives, you help improve the world too. India's next generation has the opportunity to define the future; bring India to the world and the world to India," he said.
- Facebook to launch contest, fund apps and services in local India languages for students, farmers, women
- 80% of content on internet are just in 10 languages. There are 22 official languages in India. No content for these. Lack of relevant local language content is why most Indians don't use internet
- Facebook is working extensively in rural India to enhance connectivity
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