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(Reuters)   Zuckerberg: If only everyone could be my friend, and I could make money off them   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, internet, network operator, Samsung Electronics, internet access, emerging economies  
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2013-08-22 10:07:29 AM  
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skozlaw: gfid: We gave them the choice.

Yea, right. Because unlike web pages, every book in the world is poignant and has great intellectual, cultural or social value.

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You didn't "break anything down". You made an unsupportable assumption about the motivations of a plan that has no detail to it and then pushed the idea that somehow reading a book is superior to reading the same thing on a website.

The internet has great value as an educational and work tool and it's being used to that effect in third world countries across the globe. Malaria and food are not the only problems facing people in blighted African countries. They lack modern farming practices, engineering skills and the knowledge to compete in a world that is rapidly globalizing around them but without them. To sit and argue that we shouldn't be expanding their ability to participate in the very things that will help them solve these problems in the long run is idiotic.

You can drop food and dig wells for people until your fingers bleed, it's going to do you exactly no good if the generation you help doesn't have the capacity to pass the knowledge required to solve these problem on to the next generation. There are already plenty of organizations helping with the short term problems. There should also be groups setting the stage to end them in the long term and this is the type of thing that could help do that.

WTF is wrong with you?  I'm not arguing against expanding internet access.  I'm not arguing in favor of giving them books about dirty jokes.  You keep going back to digging wells, but as I pointed out Gates is doing more than just digging wells.  He wants to make the water safe to drink.  He wants to eradicate disease.  Neither of those are "short term problems".

If you give some dirt farmer in Africa access to the internet he's not suddenly going to miraculously learn how to grow better crops.  I'm not saying the dirt farmer should be denied internet access.  By all means, let him have it but let's not fool ourselves into thinking that the internet will cure poverty, disease and starvation.
2013-08-22 09:25:26 AM  
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While short on specifics,

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fark off until you actually have some logistics planned out. And Facebook is a farking cancer.
2013-08-22 09:01:20 AM  
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2013-08-22 08:35:55 AM  
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Has he tried AmWay?
2013-08-22 08:35:35 AM  
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Does the internet clean the water?
2013-08-22 08:30:50 AM  
1 vote:
Because millions haven't seen Grumpy Cat...
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