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Father of Internet gives big thumbs down to Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’

  • The inventor of World
    Wide Web has strongly opposed Facebook’s ambitious Internet.org or ‘Free
    Basics’ project, saying it compromised on net neutrality and emerging markets
    should steer clear of the initiative. 
    • The inventor of World
      Wide Web has strongly opposed Facebook’s ambitious Internet.org or ‘Free
      Basics’ project, saying it compromised on net neutrality and emerging markets
      should steer clear of the initiative. 

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    • Tim Berners-Lee, the
      English computer scientist, said Free Basics offers a limited set of websites
      and apps free of charge to users in developing countries.
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    • In an interview with
      The
      Guardian, Berners-Lee said people
      in emerging markets should “just say no” to the project. He said the initiative
      was not internet, and that there were other ways of reducing the price of
      access.
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    • “When it comes to compromising
      on net neutrality, I tend to say ‘just say no’,” he said.
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    • “In the particular case
      of somebody who’s offering… something which is branded internet, it’s not
      internet, then you just say no. No it isn’t free, no it isn’t in the public
      domain, there are other ways of reducing the price of internet connectivity and
      giving something… (only) giving people data connectivity to part of the
      network deliberately, I think is a step backwards,” he said in the interview.
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    • Facebook’s
      controversial initiative has faced criticism as it is seen violating the
      principle of net neutrality, which is against any priority being accorded to an
      entity in the internet traffic flow because of payments to service providers,
      such as telecom companies. It was renamed as Free Basics, last month to
      distinguish it from other programmes and services that Facebook provides.
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    • Following a walkout
      by many of its publisher partners in India, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
      had come out in defence of the programme, saying it did not block or throttle
      services, and is not in conflict with net neutrality.
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    • “There is this
      big struggle, debate in India now on how you balance these two things, and this
      is an incredibly important debate because India is the country in the world
      with the most unconnected people,” he had said earlier.
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    • Launched last year,
      the programme has more than a dozen mobile operators on board across 17
      countries, offering basic internet services without data charges to over a
      billion people.
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