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WIRED INTERVIEWS MARK ZUCKERBERG AND GOES INSIDE INTERNET.ORG, FACEBOOK’S PROGRAM TO BRING INTERNET TO 4.9 BILLION PEOPLE

Up now on WIRED.com, a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook's Internet.org, the ambitious and controversial passion project to bring Internet access to the remaining two-thirds of the world’s population.

Jessi Hempel, senior writer at WIRED, spoke at length with Mark Zuckerberg during his visit to the United Nations this past September, where Zuckerberg was addressing the international community to raise support for the program which has faced backlash from several countries, most notably India. 

Hempel also interviewed the leaders of the Internet.org team who are focused on developing the moonshot technologies — literally data that travels by lasers, sent to Earth via drone – which could enable rapid worldwide connectivity. 

The Internet.org “connectivity brain trust” is: Yael Maguire, an MIT Media Lab PhD and engineering director described by Zuckerberg as the “internal and external spiritual leader” of the Connectivity Lab; Hamid Hammet, a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who was recruited by a cold-email from Zuckerberg himself (which he thought was a joke!); and Andy Cox, a mechanical engineer whose small company was purchased by Facebook for $20 million in order to engineer a new type of drone.

See excerpts below and the full story up now on WIRED.com: http://www.wired.com/2016/01/facebook-zuckerberg-internet-org/

**Interviews available on request

Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2016