Facebook today introduced the Internet.org Platform, an open program for developers to easily create services that integrate with Internet.org. Facebook are also giving people more choice over the free basic services they can use.
The Internet.org Platform is an open platform that will allow developers to integrate their services into Internet.org. Fcebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg states that Facebook will enter into “non-exclusive partnerships” with carriers to deliver free basic services for free, and that the social network will be more “transparent and inclusive” in how it handles these services through Internet.org:
At the core of our efforts with Internet.org are non-exclusive partnerships with mobile operators to offer free basic internet services to people through Internet.org. This is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the value of the internet, and that we hope add value to their lives.
These websites are very simple and data efficient, so operators can offer these for free in an economically sustainable way. Websites do not pay to be included, and operators donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t charge developers for the data people use for their services.
Because these services have to be specially built to these specifications, we started by offering just a few. But giving people more choice over the services they use is incredibly important and going forward, people using Internet.org will be able to search for and use services that meet these guidelines.
Developers that join will need to follow three principles that are designed to align all participantsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ incentives and bring more people online. Participation will remain free for any developer or user.
Explore the entire internet
For most people who arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t online, the biggest barrier to connecting isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lack of infrastructure Ã¢â‚¬â€œ more than 80% of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s population already lives within range of a mobile signal. Instead, the biggest challenges are affordability of the internet, and awareness of how internet services are valuable to them.
The Internet.org Platform aims to give people valuable free services that they can use to discover the entire wealth of online services and, ultimately become paying users of the internet.
Services should encourage the exploration of the broader internet wherever possible.
To sustainably deliver free basic internet services to people, we need to build apps that use data very efficiently.
Operators have made significant economic investments to bring the internet to people globally, and Internet.org needs to be sustainable for operators so that they can continue to invest in the infrastructure to maintain, improve and expand their networks.
Websites that require high-bandwidth will not be included. Services should not use VoIP, video, file transfer, high resolution photos, or high volume of photos.
For more information on how to work with Internet.org, visit internet.org/platform.
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