In response to pressure from our community, OpenMedia launched a new campaign called No Fake Internet, inviting people from around the world to stand with open Internet advocates in places like India, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Paraguay, Panama, Pakistan, and others, who are demanding access to the full, real, open Internet.
As many of you are already aware, their pleas come in response to growing outrage over Internet.org, a controversial new platform from Facebook and large telecom providers where selected services are prioritized over others. This is, of course, a move by Zuckerberg to make Facebook a gatekeeper of the Web that currently knows no boundaries.
In addition, we’re inviting Internet users around the globe to stand in solidarity with those impacted by Zuckerberg’s fake Internet, at https://NoFakeInternet.org.
At the end of the day, if Zuckerberg wants to use his influence for good then he should be promoting access to the full, open Internet. Here are some options:
- Support universal access initiatives, such as Plan Ceibal in Uruguay, or the work of the Alliance for Affordable Internet project.
- Provide access to the full Internet with a cap that matches what Facebook can afford to give away for free.
- Create a shared open web standard for low-bandwidth apps suited to featured devices and zero rate all services that abide by the open standard on the platform.
- Support local groups working towards the above crucial policy outcomes.
- Experiment with more open approaches like the one Mozilla is testing out.
Every project that overlays top-down control over the Web erodes human potential. Internet.org is not the only threat to free expression online, but it’s one that we must not allow to take root. The next 3 billion Internet users deserve the same opportunity to unfettered connectivity. And speaking on behalf of OpenMedia, we cannot wait to see what they’ll do with it.