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9/28/2015
01:05 PM
Larry Loeb
Larry Loeb
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Mark Zuckerberg Pledges Universal Internet Access With Caveats

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to deliver universal Internet access by 2020, but one of the biggest beneficiaries of that is his own social media site.

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Charlie Babcock
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9/28/2015 | 7:29:21 PM
Advance of tech not the same as advance of mankind
Zuckerberg wants everyone on the Internet so they have a chance to sign up as Facebook users. But it doesn't automatically follow that use of Facebook (and other Web technologies) is the same thing as the advancement of mankind. We will witness some of the social technology advances put to nefarious uses as well as good ones.
larryloeb
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9/28/2015 | 7:59:14 PM
Re: Advance of tech not the same as advance of mankind
Why, sure.

Although, I have been told that in India Facebook acts as the local OK Cupid. Facilitating hookups is a noble act, isn't it?

I keep wondering on that day when we are all linked together, what will we say?
SunitaT0
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9/29/2015 | 12:43:30 PM
Re: Advance of tech not the same as advance of mankind
@Larryloeb: Yes it does act like that! Most busy people don't even open facebook. We like LinkedIn. Also this Internet.org is malicious since it is secretly accepting net neutrality. 
larryloeb
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9/29/2015 | 1:43:49 PM
Re: Advance of tech not the same as advance of mankind
I would term internet.org more self-interested than malicious.

It violates pure net neutraility, sure. But it may get connectivity going where there was none before.
kstaron
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9/30/2015 | 8:52:12 AM
Re: Advance of tech not the same as advance of mankind
The internet, like all things, is a tool. Some will use it for good and others not so much. But the ability to communicate with others in different parts of the world seems like a precursor for understanding humanities issues and helping with them. Zuckerberg is taking advantage of some enlightened self interest here, but if it gets people in ternet that didn't have it before, it might be worth it. Now all they have to do if figure out how.
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