Internet.org

  • Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi launches commercially in India

    Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi launches commercially in India

    Express Wi-Fi is one of Facebook’s many connectivity initiatives under its internet.org umbrella. Unlike more futuristic projects like the Aquila drone, though, the emphasis here is on existing Wi-Fi technologies and allowing local entrepreneurs to resell internet access. The company is currently trialing this project in India, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Indonesia. Read More

  • The NTSB is investigating the ‘structural failure’ of Facebook’s Aquila internet drone

    The NTSB is investigating the ‘structural failure’ of Facebook’s Aquila internet drone

    Say what you will about the merits of Facebook’s Internet.org and Free Basics — it’s pretty cool that they’re building a huge, solar-powered, laser-shooting drone to deliver it. But a “structural failure” that occurred on the Aquila’s first test flight may be more serious than Facebook made it out to be: The NTSB is conducting an investigation… Read More

  • Facebook has connected 40M people with Internet.org

    Facebook has connected 40M people with Internet.org

    Today on Facebook’s blockbuster Q3 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said Internet.org has helped 40 million people get online. Indeed, 0.5% percent of the world’s population is now connected to the internet thanks to Facebook’s accessibility initiatives. The company even said Internet.org contributed to monthly user growth, which accelerated from 3.63 percent to 4.67… Read More

  • Africa Roundup: Zuckerberg’s visit, IBM’s new research center Crunch Network

    Africa Roundup: Zuckerberg’s visit, IBM’s new research center

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise August/September trip to Nigeria and Kenya put the global spotlight on Africa’s emerging IT ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, when one of the world’s most recognized tech entrepreneurs pops up at startups and tech hubs few have heard of it draws attention. News of Zuckerberg’s unannounced visit broke with social media photos of him… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg is “deeply disappointed” by the Internet.org satellite explosion

    Mark Zuckerberg is “deeply disappointed” by the Internet.org satellite explosion

    Earlier today, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad for no apparent reason. While we’re still trying to learn more about what happened, we already know that the company was doing a test, and an anomaly created a big mess. Fortunately, all personnel were clear of the launch pad. But this incident is going to affect Facebook’s Internet.org effort in a significant way as… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour Crunch Network

    Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria. News of his unannounced trip broke Tuesday with social media photos of him visiting the Co-Creation Hub (Cchub) innovation center in Lagos. Zuckerberg then dropped in at Andela, a software developer accelerator, in which he and his wife’s foundation invested $24million earlier this year. It seems Zuckerberg travels a bit like the… Read More

  • Building a brand-new Internet Crunch Network

    Building a brand-new Internet

    We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017. The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. Incremental security changes will not work. We need disruptive innovation. Read More

  • Facebook Distances Itself From Marc Andreessen’s Statements On Free Basics

    Facebook Distances Itself From Marc Andreessen’s Statements On Free Basics

    Marc Andreessen is having quite a contrite Wednesday. Andreessen, who currently sits on Facebook’s board, caused a stir last night with his online response to Indian Internet regulator TRAI nixing Facebook’s plans to implement its ‘Free Basics’ program in India. Updated with statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg below. He took to the Twitterverse last night… Read More

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