Features Friday, April 17, 2015 - 05:30
India as of 2015 has no laws governing net neutrality. The basic idea behind net neutrality is that all internet users are to be treated equally on the internet, not discriminating or charging differentially according to the users, content, platforms, and so on. The whole net neutrality debate has got the internet in a tizzy and one of internet’s most influential figures, Mark Zuckerberg has opened up about various issues. In a session conducted on Facebook, Zuckerberg answered questions that were posted by various users. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting replies. Josh Constine What's your opinion on the net neutrality implications of Internet.org providing free access to only a select few "basic Internet services" in the developing world, while other services require a data plan, and how Facebook/Internet.org is in the position to choose what services are free? Mark Zuckerberg I think net neutrality is important to make sure network operators don't discriminate and limit access to services people want to use, especially in countries where most people are online. For people who are not on the internet though, having some connectivity and some ability to share is always much better than having no ability to connect and share at all. That’s why programs likeInternet.org are important and can co-exist with net neutrality regulations. He talked about the nature of his job     How many hours do you work a day? Dan Higgins Mark Zuckerberg That depends on what you count as work. I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better, but a lot of that time isn't in our office or meeting with people or doing what you'd call real work. I take a lot of time just to read and think about things by myself. If you count the time I'm in the office, it's probably no more than 50-60 hours a week. But if you count all the time I'm focused on our mission, that's basically my whole life. He also answered some technical questions about Facebook   I was wondering how much bandwidth it takes to keep Facebook operational? Thanks for all you do here and around the world! #muchrespect Morgan Strebler Fan Page Mark Zuckerberg It takes many terabits per second of bandwidth, and many hundreds of thousands of servers! He also answered a question asked by celebrity singer and dancer, Shakira Shakira Hi Mark! How do you think technology can best be used as an education tool for those living in disadvantaged communities?    Mark Zuckerberg Thanks for the question Shakira!   I’m very excited about personalized learning — giving everyone the ability to use technology to learn what they’re most interested in and at their own   pace. There are some great new schools experimenting with different personalized learning models and getting great results. I’m supporting o   some of those schools through my personal philanthropy, and Facebook is also helping to build open source software to power some of these tools. He spoke of the importance of keeping the world connected online  Richard Branson Hi Mark. I share your view that it is crucial to connect the two thirds of the world that don't currently have access to the internet. What do you think will be the biggest benefits of this?  Mark Zuckerberg Thanks for stopping by Richard Branson! When we talk about connecting the world, most people talk about the clear benefits to all the people who will get internet access and don't have it today. Those benefits are many: access to education, health information, jobs and so on. Many people estimate that for every billion people we connect, we'll raise more than 100 million out of poverty. But one thing that we often overlook in this discussion is how everyone who is already connected will benefit from having everyone online. Think about how many brilliant entrepreneurs there are out there who have great ideas and the will to change the world, but just lack basic tools to do so today. If you go by the population, almost 2/3 of these entrepreneurs don't have internet access today. Once they get connected, we may have 3x as many good ideas and amazing new services built that will benefit everyone around the world. He discussed the latest development he would be bringing to Facebook Chat  Turxan Qarishga When we can transfer money with Facebook?             Mark Zuckerberg We've already started rolling this out as part of Messenger. You can send money to someone just like you'd send them a photo, sticker or voice clip. We're going to roll this out more widely soon, and it's an area I'm very excited about expanding over time. He spoke about one of his many philantrophic activities   Jesse Garcia What happened to the 10 million dollars donated by you to Newark Public Schools?            Mark Zuckerberg A lot of good work has come from that grant. The highlight is that the graduation rate has improved by more than 10% since we're started our program there. The leaders we've worked with in NJ have started many new high performing schools, paid teachers more and have improved the schools in lots of other ways. And finally, shared with everyone the secret of success           Omar Gaber what's the most important secret of success ?     Mark Zuckerberg Don't give up.    
Become a TNM Member for just Rs 999!
You can also support us with a one-time payment.