A day after Mark Zuckerberg’s townhall at IIT Delhi, the Facebook founder posted a picture of him with a soybean farmer Aasif Mujawar from Maharashtra who uses Internet.org to get childcare information.
“Aasif and I talked about what the internet means to him and how it helps solve the greatest challenges he has faced as a father. I’m about to be a father soon myself, so I appreciate how he just wants to provide the best education and health for his daughters,” read Zuckerberg’s
Facebook post today.
In his bid to give a push to internet.org, now called Free Basics, he had mentioned Aasif’s story in a post last month while highlighting the farmer crisis in Maharashtra. He wanted to tell the world that millions like Aasif are using Internet.org to get vital health information. It not only educates, but also brings jobs for poor.
In the same post, Zuckerberg had also announced significant improvements to Internet.org based on feedback from the community: “Any developer can include their services in Internet.org, supports secure HTTPS web services as well and the name of the app providing free basic services has been changed to Free Basics.”
A day before he was scheduled to address the townhall in Delhi, as Mark Zukerberg reached Delhi he headed straight to the Taj Mahal to witness the beauty of Indian heritage. The key takeaways from his interaction with IIT students were: India is an important market, internet.org is not anti-net neutrality, Facebook will go newer things to grow and it wants to improve human life.