Facebook’s Zuckerberg tackles telcos and terrorism – CIO

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the trip this week to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2016 for the third year in a row. Following his surprise appearance the previous evening during a Samsung presentation, where the exec focused on VR, Zuckerberg downplayed mobile carriers’ fears about the Facebook’s motivations for global connectivity, detailed his vision for the future of online video and voiced sympathy for Apple in its ongoing legal battle with the FBI

Zuckerberg also criticized the mobile telecommunications industry for positioning 5G, the next generation of wireless technology, as a tool to connect the Internet of Things (IoT). Expanding network capacity for IoT is important, he said, but people should come first. “It’s kind of crazy that we’re sitting here in 2016 and four billion people in the world don’t have access to the Internet,” he said at the start of his keynote yesteday. “It would be possible for this industry to continue growing and making a lot of money while doubling down on faster connections for rich people. What I personally hope is that we don’t just do that, but also finish the job of making sure that everyone in the world gets Internet access.” 

Zuckerberg on Internet.org

Internet.org, an initiative that includes Facebook’s various efforts to make Internet connectivity more widely available, came under fire as of late. Earlier this month, telecom regulators in India banned the company’s Free Basics program, which gives people in developing countries no-cost access to online basics, including Facebook.com, and forced it to halt its rollout in the country due to potential net neutrality violations.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg tackles telcos and terrorism – CIO