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India Rejects Facebook Plan to Exploit World's Poorest With Private Internet

Science & Tech  (tags: Technololgy, World, Rights, Net Neutrality, India, Facebook )

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"The message is clear....We can't create a two-tier Internet--one for the haves, and one for the have-nots."


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Roger G (148)
Monday February 8, 2016, 2:28 pm
Maa Bharat ki jai !
once more India is standing up to the big greedy multinationals who want to exploit the disadvantaged...
Very happy to read these good news !
noted, thanks

Animae C (507)
Monday February 8, 2016, 2:51 pm
Thanx Judy

Donna T (0)
Monday February 8, 2016, 3:55 pm
thank you

Past Member (0)
Monday February 8, 2016, 5:01 pm
So good to hear this especially coming from that country where human rights are basically non-existent especially where the poor are concerned. thx Judy

Cela V (0)
Monday February 8, 2016, 7:16 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday February 8, 2016, 10:17 pm

Judy C (91)
Monday February 8, 2016, 11:18 pm
Thanks everyone. If you want to learn more about the background of this whole enterprise, please read Vandana Shiva's scathing and excellent article, "'Free Basics' Will Take Away More Than Our Right to the Internet". You can access it by clicking on the hyperlink "Free Basics", within paragraph 1 of this article. The following three paragraphs come from that article to give you an idea of what this scheme is all about, and why the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India just wisely rejected this supposed "gift":

Why should Mark Zuckerberg decide what the internet is to a farmer in Punjab, who has just lost 80% of his cotton harvest because Monsanto’s Bt Cotton and the chemicals he was told to spray completely failed? Should the internet allow him to see how GMO technology has failed everywhere in the world and is only kept afloat through unfair market and trade policies, or should the internet suggest the next patented molecule he should spray on his crop?

The Monsanto-Facebook connection is a deep one. The top 12 investors in Monsanto are the same as the top 12 investors in Facebook, including the Vanguard Group. The Vanguard Group is also a top investor in John Deere, Monsanto’s new partner for ‘smart tractors’, bringing all food production and consumption, from seed to data, under the control of a handful of investors.

It’s no surprise that the Facebook page March Against Monsanto, a major American movement in support of labelling and regulating GMOs, was deleted.

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 10:11 am

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 1:19 pm
Wonderful news. Thanks for sharing.

Judy C (91)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 1:34 pm
I hope all populations targeted by this self-serving corporate scheme see through it, and reject it.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 9, 2016, 2:32 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.
So glad to see the pushback. Zuckerberg crossed the line and went to the other side long ago. I hope people wake up and notice.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2016, 3:50 am
For good?

Tiffany Schreiner (17)
Wednesday February 10, 2016, 6:40 am

Sayenne H (92)
Wednesday February 10, 2016, 7:34 am
Interesting article, thank you

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2016, 9:46 am
Thanks Judy. A country that at least makes an attempt to protect a large portion of it's most vulnerable---the poor? Novel idea. Bernie Sanders has the same plan--and he won the nomination for president from my state of New Hampshire last night. Vote when it's your turn, then again in November. Noted the info in comments above, by Judy, Roger and others. all in agreement with India's action.

Melania Padilla (123)
Monday February 15, 2016, 2:08 pm
Shame on Facebook, good for the Indian people.
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