Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg led internet.org partnership with leading telecommunications operator Telenor in Pakistan is a very small step towards connecting the digital divide in Pakistan but sadly within the wrong direction. Telenor in cooperation with internet.org has launched use of free websites including the famous social websites site Facebook among others being accessed using internet.org the thing, as advertised on their web page is connecting “two thirds on the world without access to the particular network”.
Internet.org goals derive from a real problem faced by many people without internet access in Pakistan disconnected either as a result of lack of infrastructure or societal and economic constraints also thought as digital divide. Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan representative Mr. Arzak Khan sees this development like a threat to the future connected with internet in Pakistan, according for you to Mr. Khan this step has more drawbacks than benefits. Firstly, Telenor is misleadingly marketing towards the people this initiative as the online world whereas, this is basically merely a bundle of limited insecure websites that will violate user’s privacy and stability. Secondly, despite the good intentions connected with Facebook and Telenor to link the digital divide in Pakistan an excellent access to the internet that is not the real internet through internet.org. The very success of the internet itself is caused by its openness, equality of chance and innovation. Platforms like Facebook itself won’t have been created if Mr. Mark Zuckerberg was accessing the online world via this initiative.
It is the responsibility of the government and a lot importantly Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to devise technique for bridging the digital divide in particular in rural and under created areas like Baluchistan and Kyberpakhtunkhawa. The silence on the regulatory body on accepting internet.org as a public policy technique for universal access to internet in Pakistan is alarming with the development of internet in Pakistan. People who will connect to the internet for initially using this initiative are susceptible to missing out on the genuine internet also restricting innovation and additional growth of the internet.
Internet is already considered to be an important medium to help Pakistan evolve right into a successful economy but is hampered by means of poor broadband infrastructure and minimal internet speeds. Internet.org initiative won’t help in resolving the on the web connectivity issues and doubles the gravity on the issue by offering a platform for the restricted internet access where people who have fewer economic resources have very restricted opportunity for joining the world wide internet economy.
The lack of existing laws especially net neutrality to safeguard internet users in Pakistan is putting the future of internet at risk within Pakistan. Furthermore, pursuing internet.org initiative like a public policy strategy for general access will greatly jeopardize the particular growth of internet in Pakistan.