Facebook developing drones to deliver Internet access to world

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Imagine life without the Internet. Really think about the way that the Internet has impacted your life. The Internet is much more than scrolling aimlessly through Facebook.

The Internet has led to access to more information than ever before. 

People can know about what is happening in the world in seconds. The Internet has also added multitudes of new jobs and created new mediums of communication.

In some areas around the world, people live without this amazing resource. They are restricted to local news and hearsay. 

There is no such thing as a “social media correspondent” or “website designer” in these Wi-Fi-free zones.

Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg wants to change this.

Zuckerberg believes that the whole world should join the conversation of global issues, which cannot happen if a large part of the world is without Internet access. 

This is where Internet.org comes in. According to the official website, “Internet.org is a global partnership dedicated to making affordable Internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected.”

Recently, Zuckerberg has stated that Internet.org, in looking to fulfill their mission, has turned to drone, satellite and laser technology to beam Internet to various regions of the world.

Though this may sound like something fresh from a science-fiction movie, this is real. 

In a blog post regarding the matter, Zuckerberg wrote: “Our team has many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center.”

Zuckerberg is not the only one planning on connecting the world through Internet access. Google is also working on beaming Internet to webless regions of the world, but instead of drones, they plan on using balloons.

Project Loon, according to the official website, “is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.”

Both projects address the important issue of connecting the whole world through Internet, but there are some hesitations.

Parker Higgins, activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that “the Internet is what it is today because of the free and open technologies that underpin it. 

We should aspire to bring access to that free and openness, not just closed and proprietary services.”

The Internet is a powerful tool that can really open up the world. 

Yes, there are some risks involved, but if the technology works, then no one should be deprived of access to the Internet. It is time that everyone in the world has a chance for his or her voice to be heard.