Facebook to Bring Internet to Refugee Camps

This past Saturday, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced during a luncheon hosted by the U.N. Private Sector Forum at the world body’s headquarters, that the uber-popular online social networking site is actively working to bring Internet services to refugee camps worldwide.

How will this be done? Details are yet to be revealed, but it’s a good guess that the massive drone Facebook is currently developing could be a part of things.Mark-Zuckerberg

The drone is being built to beam WiFi connections to places on Earth that do not have any, and will offer free Internet access to around 4 billion people worldwide who cannot afford smartphones or do not live near fiber-optic cable lines or cell phone towers.

The drone is as big as a Boeing 737, powered by the sun, and one of many efforts currently being pursued by tech companies to connect unconnected areas.  Zuckerberg’s

While a generous move, Zuckerberg admitted that his advocacy effort, called Internet.org is not entirely selfless. “It’s not all altruism. We all benefit when we are more connected,” he stated.

And according to The Wall Street Journal, consulting firm McKinsey & Co. says that growth of world-wide Internet users is slowing down.

As many as 900 million people are expected to join the world’s online population by 2017, which would increase the total to 3.6 billion, leaving roughly four billion still offline.

The UN refugee agency estimates that about 13 million people around the world were living as refugees in 2014.

 

 

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