September 12, 2013
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, spoke at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, saying that he thinks “the government blew it” when it comes to revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on American communications in direct violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Zuckerberg was shedding light on the fact that: “The US government is not striking the right balance between protecting its citizens from terrorism and protecting their civil liberties. They blew it on communicating the balance of what they were going for with this.”
The Facebook CEO “denied giving the government direct access to its servers” and reiterated that his most important “job” is to “protect users’ personal information”.
Zuckerberg is planning to speak with House Speaker John Boehner and the rest of his leadership team, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers next week to discuss the NSA and Edward Snowden.
Last August, Zuckerberg announced his new “rough plan” to develop technological ideas for the developing world.
Facebook currently offers a stripped-down version of its website to less than smartphones. For Android phones, Facebook has the Facebook Home app that has not proved to be as popular as anticipated.
The formation of a technological coalition would give internet access to an estimated 5 billion people.
Internet.org is the brainchild. Members of the coalition include:
• Media Tek
According to the website, Internet.org “is a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it. Sharing tools, resources and best practices, Internet.org partners will explore solutions in three major opportunity areas: affordability, efficiency, and business models.”
Zuckerberg said: “Everything Facebook as done has been about giving all people around the world the power to connect.”
Developing countries pose “huge barriers” to connecting to the internet “and joining the knowledge economy.”
Internet.org is tasked with making “internet access available to the two thirds of the world who are not yet connected.”
The founding members of the coalition will:
• Collaborate on joint projects
• Share industry knowledge
• “Mobilize” the industry
• Work with governments to bring the internet to developing nations
Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson said: “We are committed to shaping the Networked Society (NS) – where everyone and everything will be connected in real time, creating freedom, empowerment and opportunity to transform society.”
The NS envisioned by the coalition describes how digital information and communication technologies can relate to social, political, cultural and economic changes that has a foundation in the theories of socialist Georg Simmel .
Combining social and media networks, organization of the individual and the whole can be shaped by the actions of the masses with the least effects coming from the individual.