Monday, September 5, 2016

Thoughts on After the Hype: Zuckerberg in Lagos

Heads Up: this is an enjambment.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg was in Lagos early this week. He talked about Naija Jollof, he ate snail, entertained Q&A sessions ... but aside all of that, what is the real purpose and impact of this visit?

You know, I was all happy go lucky about this until Jolaade called my attention to the movement in India. Had new levels of respect for India, and felt panic if not horror. Why are we doing this, Nigeria? Why aren't we rejecting this too?! Surface level. Someone ripped the veil off my eyes.

However, Zuckerberg emphasized that the company's Internet.org plans will not come to a halt. He said Facebook has already developed other technologies, like a fleet of solar-powered aircraft called Aquila, to bring the internet to more regions. He said the planes will beam broadband across areas about 60 miles wide and stay in the air for up to 90 days at a time. In fact in July this year, the company said it completed its first full-scale flight test.

"We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided," said Zuckerberg, who is currently in Africa

On Internet.org
What is Internet.Org

Who benefits?
If you are not paying for it you are the product || Free Basics.
There is no free lunch in life, not even in Freetown. Blab all you want but this is not about philanthropy. You don't pay with money, but Facebook gets paid twice. You give up privacy and pay them with your precious PI. They resell and get paid by third party companies. This is an initiative with a lot at stake. I agree with Guardian's terminology as "landgrabbing" feel like t

The Problem

The Government
What is the government saying
In the Nigeria I know, the government hardly steps up to meet needs. Public Private partnerships. The private sector will be ressponsible for stepping in to fill gaps that the government is not capable of.
There is the question of motives, when it comes rto this facebook matter.

Facebook should not be the one providing this service tho. Noooooo. But say things end up going that way (noooooooo, who is the gatekeeper here). Regulatory bodies to vet out the content here. Who is looking out for our best interests? In the best interests of the Nigerians people. Naija don suffer. Chai.

Internet.org in other countries
- Save the Internet. Internet Freedom Foundation.
Accepted
Declined: India

Nigerians, hear word.

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