Digital India Campaign is attracting many technocrats to invest in India and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s first India visit had a lot to do with the project. While addressing the media on his internet for all initiative called “Internet.Org” Zuckerberg stated that he is exited about Digital India Campaign and will discuss it in detail in his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On his first Internet.org summit in Delhi Mark discussed the need and advantages of providing the internet to more than billion people in India. He also stressed on the importance of developing affordable devices, data tariffs and locally focused content to connect masses to internet.
“Technology isn’t progress by itself. Instead it enables progress and a lot of the things that we care deeply about. But technology, it has to serve the whole of society. Connectivity can’t just be a privilege for some of the rich and powerful. It needs to be something that everyone shares and an opportunity for everyone.” Mark added.
To encourage the web developers for designing relevant content and product Mark Zuckerberg also announced Internet.org Innovation Challenge. The contest calls for innovative ideas from developers around the world to improve day to day lives of farmers, women, student etc.
While talking about the need to use internet as a tool to change the world from ground up Mark also stated that “Connecting the world, we really believe, is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation. And, you know, progress is going to be difficult here, and it’s not guaranteed. But, I think if we work together, we can really make a big impact on knocking down some of these barriers to connectivity both here in India and all over the world.”