WEB DESK: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft giant Bill Gates have launched a movement to make internet free for the world.
The two set this goal on Friday at a United Nations summit which called to end global poverty by the year 2030.
“When people have access to the tools and knowledge of the Internet, they have access to opportunities that make life better for all of us,” said a declaration signed by Zuckerberg and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have devoted their wealth to philanthropy.
“The Internet belongs to everyone. It should be accessible by everyone,” the declaration said.
Zuckerberg, writing on Facebook, said that for every 10 people connected to the Internet, one is lifted out of poverty.
“If we connect the more than four billion people not yet online, we have a historic opportunity to lift the entire world in the coming decades,” he wrote.
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and U2 frontman Bono on behalf of his One anti-poverty campaign have also signed the campaign.
The UN estimates that half the world does not have a reliable internet access.
Source: DNA India