With Facebook’s internet.org, the battle for the third world is on

Gigaom

When the internet.org news broke last week I realized that what was at stake here isn’t about social justice but was instead about global internet dominance. And it starts and ends in what we today perceive as the third world.

Led by Facebook, a group of Samsung, Nokia and several other giant tech-companies launched the internet.org initiative, which aims to bring internet access to the two-thirds of the global population who don’t have it. Hearing the news, a number of seemingly disparate developments fell into place: the Facebook Home smartphone system, Google’s internet-balloons and the sustained rumors that Apple will soon launch a discount iPhone.

It’s becoming clear that global tech brands are bringing the fight for dominance to places where technology so far hasn’t played a huge role.

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