Is it Real Internet?

In the midst of controversy, Internet.org, Facebook’s project to bring the internet to the world is facing strong criticism. Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring the internet to underdeveloped areas of the world without internet access via mobile phones. Along with partners such as Samsung, Internet.org will bring affordable access with a limited number of services; it provides a light internet without videos, large images, Java and VoIP services.

However, the criticism stems from the proprietary restrictions placed by Facebook on the offered access. Guidelines set by Facebook are in place which could restrict internet neutrality by offering limited access to the internet which could potentially be influenced by governments or special interest groups. Net neutrality is a concept by which all data is treated equally. Also, cheaper mobile phone models cannot as yet handle “Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure” which leaves the subscriber open to security holes and privacy concerns like those held by Sergio Cortes.

Unless Facebook can overcome these obstacles, Internet.org can’t be called a true internet

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