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In this episode, Jeff and Jeremy discuss Internet.org and the criticism it has received from organizations like the EFF. Internet.org is a program created by Facebook whose purpose is to expand the reach of the internet by connecting people in developing nations like India.
However, it has come under fire for its failure to provide “the whole internet” and limiting access to a subset of websites which have to be approved by Facebook. Critics call this a violation of net neutrality and argue that it betrays what the internet stands for – openness and fair access to all destinations. This episodes jumps into the nuances of the debate, with Jeff playing counterpoint to the EFF’s stance – that Internet.org is not the internet.
Jeremy Malcolm is a technologist and lawyer who works for EFF’s international team on issues such as intellectual property, network neutrality, Internet governance, and trade.