OK, time for me to set myself up for attack again by saying something moderate.
I think Zuckerberg is sincere here, at least mostly. He really wants to bring Internet access to the 3rd world, and is only minimally trying to personally benefit from the project (not saying some of that hasn't leaked in - it clearly has).
But this is a mistake.
But it's dumb. Targeting feature phones might have been sensible 15 years ago. But by the time this rolls out even peasant farmers will have smartphones (the price of a basic one is heading toward zero very, very rapidly).
And - even if he could somehow make the technology limits stick, guess what would happen? People would start encoding video, VoIP, etc. in text files, that's what.
So I give him credit for trying to do a good thing. I think he means well (with only a little self-interest involved).
We should thank him, and gently but firmly explain why it's a bad idea.
I do wish people were more charitable in their assessment of the motives of those they disagree with. People can be wrong without being evil or selfish.
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