It may not seem to be true but as the above image states, two-thirds of the world is still not connected to the Internet. Internet.org is an initiative by Facebook to bring Internet access to all those “offline” parts of the world. Internet.org is an app which lets its users unlimited access to select websites (but not limited) completely free of charge. At first, Facebook launched the app only in select countries (those with less internet availability) planning carefully step and step.
At the end of last year, Facebook hosted the first Internet.org meet in New Delhi, India, where Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook expressed his interest to bring internet connectivity to more than a billion people in India.
A few months later (i.e., February 10, 2015), Facebook launched its Internet.org app in India, in collaboration with Reliance Communications of India. At present only Reliance customers can avail this offer and only the customers in six Indian states (Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana) will have access to it.
Reliance Communications named this new initiative as Freenet. First time users can start using this service in two ways. One is by downloading and installing the Internet.org application (only available on Android at present) on their mobile/ smartphone. The other option is to visit the website www.internet.org on their mobile browser (Chrome, Opera mini browsers are recommended, but not mandatory) and follow a choose a few options that will be presented (like language and services) at the start screen.
Reliance customers can access more than 30 services or websites.The services included are Online news portals like Aaj Tak, BBC New, Facebook social networking, Wikipedia etc..; and a lot other services which are quite useful. The full list of the services are listed in this page => Internet.org. That’s all about the news and now lets discuss a few other important things.
Does Facebook’s and Reliance new initiative mean anything to us ?
Yes it is. India, the seventh largest country, the largest democracy and the second most populous country in the world, still contains a fair share of illiterates, child labor system within it. Truth be told that India is also one of the most corrupted countries in the world (considering the politicians). These liabilities can be eradicated only if everyone has the opportunity to study and learn like every other literate.
Since education has also become a business in India (which is very unfortunate), not everyone can go to school. Forget the school for a moment, even learning about emerging and new things around the world has become a black-cipher now a days. That is why we personally think that this new initiative by Facebook and Reliance can bring some hope for all the children of India, who are working each and every day rather than embracing education and also bring an end to corruption. It is a big step towards connecting everyone in our country and the world, which helps the people to create something new which in turn helps the world. There is nothing wrong to hope anyway.
We, the people of India really glad and appreciate this new move by Facebook and Reliance. Lets hope for a better and clean Tomorrow. Discuss your ideas and views related to this news and don’t forget to share this article with your friends. Thank you 🙂