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Live Episode: Innovation Or Digital Colonization

What's Behind Facebook's Plan to Connect the Whole World

Season 2 | Episode 7

What if we connected the whole world to the Internet? Launched in 2013, Facebook's Free Basics platform promises to do just this. Stemming from an altruistic vision to expand access to information, Free Basics provides affordable Internet access to remote areas in developing countries. What else is behind Facebook's vision to expand Internet access, and why are some communities rejecting the platform? What are the implications of Facebook being the primary Internet service provider in a community or country?

Host: Niko Marcich
Researchers: Dominick Giovanniello and Balthazar Merrin
Guest speaker: Professor of Media Studies at UVA, Christopher Ali

The Global Inquirer is a production of the International Relations Organization at UVA, and affiliated with TEEJ, UVA’s podcasting network.