What do Mark Zuckerberg, Charlize Theron, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Shakira, George Takei, Jimmy Wales and Bono have in common? They all believe that the internet and the ability to access it should be a basic human right.
Last week at The United Nations, Mark Zuckerberg spoke before a body of heads of state and UN delegates and emphasized this belief. Through universal access to the internet, they believe, global justice and opportunity can be achieved.
This comes right on the heels of Zuckerberg announcing a Connectivity Declaration that aims to have universal internet access by 2020. Zuckerberg stated that “a like or a post won’t stop a bullet, but when people are connected they have a chance to build a common understanding.”
This poses to be a big challenge for many reasons. For one, there are cultural and governmental barriers that need to be overcome such as the current issues in India with Internet.Org. Another huge obstacle is the ability to get stable and reliable internet to all areas on the globe.
A few months ago we wrote about Google’s drones that are being built in an effort to provide internet access to disaster and poverty stricken areas. You can read that post here. Perhaps there is a collaboration that needs to happen between the initiative and Google to make this ambitious undertaking a reality.
Hopefully everyone will be sharing videos of cats worldwide!