Facebook’s Internet.org aims at offering free Internet access to “the next 5 billion” impoverished people around the world who currently don’t have it.
INTERNET FOR ALL:
Facebook offers free mobile Internet access to people in India, Zambia, Colombia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Philippines and Indonesia.
Until now, the Internet.org scheme had been limited to a few number of websites and services, which include the Facebook, Wikipedia, BBC News, Accuweather, the Facts for Life health site run by the United Nations Children’s Fund and some selected local news and sports results providers.
A number of companies in India pulled themselves out of Internet.org scheme as it directs online users toward a limited set of services.
But now, this scheme is widely open for all developers who can join what is being called the Internet.org Platform and create their services to be delivered through Internet.org.
However, it is not as simple as it sounds.
There are some limitations on what the developers can offer. The social media giant has set some rules and regulations, among those include:
No encrypted connections – Internet.org platform does not support HTTPS (SSL/TLS) as all the web traffic goes through internet.org proxy servers. So websites with encryption support are flat out rejected from the program.
Websites should not be data-intensive – Videos, high-resolution images and online voice chats and video chats are totally banned.
The major issue with the platform remains. Internet.org turns out to be a privacy nightmare for users as the platform will not support encryption, which makes easier for anyone to snoop on the poor online users.
However, Zuckerberg commented on his Facebook status to reply a user that HTTPS via Internet.org is going to “happen soon.”