Plenty of folks have criticized internet.org and its "internet app" ---"...a commercial venture parading as a humanitarian effort." Recently, the "venture" expanded to Ghana.
My question is : What if internet.org is "parading as a humanitarian effort?" Facebook already has 10's of millions of users on the continent. What other entity would be incentivized to provide folks access to technology at such a cost--- free?
It has been referred to as Facebook's "Gateway Drug", but I personally am an advocate for easy access to information. Conversely, whether one should assume that this access results in social impact is another issue.
Following the launch of the Internet.org app in Zambia and Kenya, Facebook is expanding its partnership with Airtel to bring the app to Ghana. As part of the Internet.org app, Airtel customers in Ghana will now have access to a set of websites and services for free, including maternal health, education, news and sports updates, and local information.