World internet needed, according to Facebook’s CEO – a right for all?
Many of today’s generation believe everything is an entitlement or a right! According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, everyone deserves to be connected to the internet as reported in the Associated Press article in the Rockford Register Star.
He says since the Web is an essential part of life everyone deserves to be connected, whether they live in Norway, Nicaragua or Namibia.
Of course, connecting more people to the Internet is the kind of philanthropy that would create more potential Facebook users, which would also help boost the company’s bottom line.
“I think it is actually a profoundly important human right in the 21st century to have access to the Internet.”
Business, philanthropy and human rights, with Zuckerberg’s way of thinking, seem to go hand in hand; they are all synonymous and result as effects of the other.
For Facebook, the move would certainly add more users to its current 1.15 billion and with them more advertising revenue. Still, Zuckerberg emphasizes the philanthropy over the capitalism.
This generation sets a much lower standard of what constitutes a right versus those of us from the 40′s and 50′s.
“For nine years, we’ve been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don’t have access to the Internet,” Zuckerberg wrote.
He points out that the people who already use Facebook “have way more money than the rest of the world combined.” That means it may “not actually be profitable for us to serve the next few billion people for a very long time, if ever. But we believe everyone deserves to be connected.”
The philanthropic billionaire CEO has been very charitable to this point, giving back $100M to New Jersey schools in the form of Facebook stock two years before going public, and $500M helping health and education issues with scientific research.
Zuckerberg also started a political group – Fwd.us - which is focused on immigration policy, education and encouraging investment in scientific research.
Possibly the Zuckerbergs and Bill Gates of the world can accomplish things with their enormous resources and forward looking views that others before them have been unable or unwilling to do, because these young entrepreneurs have achieved success at an age, that as yet, hasn’t restricted their vision of the future based on failures of the past.