Part of the Personal computing glossary:

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
Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • liquid immersion cooling

    - One of the simplest examples of liquid immersion cooling is taking a standard air-cooled computer's hardware and submerging it in mineral oil. Mineral, oil being nonconductive and noncapacitive, po... (WhatIs.com)

  • liquid cooling

    - Liquid cooling is the reduction of heat in electronic and mechanical devices through exploiting the properties of liquids. Liquid cooling is a firmly established cooling method in many current tec... (WhatIs.com)

  • digital assistant

    - A digital assistant is an application program that can understand natural human language and complete electronic tasks for the end user. (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Personal computing

    - Terms related to personal computers, including definitions about computers sold as consumer products and words and phrases about laptops, tablets and smartphones.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.