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Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Internet.org is an initiative to make the Web affordable and accessible for people in developing and disadvantaged areas of the world. 

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, spearheads the project, which operates as a global coalition of tech companies. Project members include Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. 

Goals of the project include making Internet access -- and particularly mobile access -- less expensive, designing more affordable mobile devices, and developing simpler apps and Internet technologies to reduce the amount of data that must be transmitted. 

As of August 2013, when the project was announced, only 2.7 of the world's 7.7 billion population had Internet access. Proponents of the initiative believe extending access will provide more opportunity for under-served areas and so address poverty and inequality. It is also hoped that Internet access will give people in disadvantaged areas a global voice, while facilitating transparency and reducing corruption. 

Critics of the project argue that its unspoken goal is simply to expand Facebook's market for products.

Text for the product's introductory video comes from a speech by former president of the United States, John F. Kennedy:

This was last updated in August 2013

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