Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to complain about the US government presenting a threat to the internet, claiming to be "confused and frustrated" by the recent spying and surveillance scandals. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security" Zuckerberg wrote, "we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."
Mark Zuckerberg's has been talking about Internet.org's plans to get the developing world online, describing the project as "an onramp to the internet" for those who may not realize quite why they need it. "If you didn't grow up with access to the internet," Zuckerberg said during his keynote at Mobile World Congress today, "you may not know the reason why you'd want a data plan."
The Internet is an integral part of modern education, and not only provides many different elements of supplemental education -- video tutorials, instructional websites, etc. -- it also is necessary for specific fields of study, like programming. The problem is that many public schools in the United States (approximately 80%) do not have adequate broadband speeds, something that a non-profit recently backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg wants to change.
Much in the same way his users seek privacy on the world's most popular social network, Mark Zuckerberg has made a hefty financial investment in a bid to retain privacy in his Palo Alto neighborhood. The well-off Facebook founder has reportedly bought four houses surrounding his own in the California neighborhood after news of a developer's plans reached him.
Although Facebook has seen phenomenal growth over its years, it also saw a substantial decrease in users this year, prompting discussion once again about how Facebook will fair over time as the "cool" factor wears off. Such a question was posed to Mark Zuckerberg in Washington D.C. at Newseum, and Zuckerberg responded that the aim of Facebook isn't to be cool.
The Edward Snowden leaks and related government fallout has resulted in extensive backlash for technology companies cited in the PRISM documents, one of which is Facebook. The social network's Mark Zuckerberg spoke about the matter today at the Disrupt tech conference, saying that he feels the government "blew it" in several ways.
Mark Zuckerberg's plan to get five billion people in developing nations online is ambitious but unlikely to bear fruit any time soon, with a survey of network analysts suggesting the Facebook-led project faces a considerable lead-time before any significant number of users are actually connected. The so-called internet.org project may be supported by some industry heavyweights - including Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung - but the lack of a committed timescale is perhaps unsurprising, Computerworld reports, given the inherent challenges it faces.
A hacker who goes by the name of Khalil says he was forced to submit a bug report via Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook wall today after his attempts to submit through traditional means were ignored. The Palestinian information system expert says he found a vulnerability in Facebook's security system that wall posts from non-friends.
Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame launched a lobbying group called FWD.Us, which purports to be for immigration reform and has more than a few big names associated with it, including Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, who joined a couple weeks after its unveiling. Among those big-name supporters was Elon Musk of Tesla and David Sacks of Yammer, both of whom have abandoned the group, according to sources who are said to be familiar with the matter.