If you haven’t seen this yet you should definitely check this video out from internet.org. According to Forbes, if the alliance of technology giants succeed in providing connectivity to two-thirds of the world, workers around the globe stand to gain $27.6 billion in online work by 2022. That type of economic impact in any developing country reverberates and causes changes in education, health, and other institutions. While the traditional issues in development like eradication of infectious disease, hunger, and water should continue to be a high priority, I don’t think people should be skeptical of the cause to connect the world because development needs to happen in every space. We live in an age where countries in transition worry about health care and infrastructure as well as technology and it’s implication on their growing societies.
My mom and my stepfather live as expatriates in Southeast Asia working to explore new markets . A walk around the city will strike most Americans as strange. it has the feel of a developing country with small food carts and shops, lacking building codes and you worry about the ice and water you drink. But at the same time you can easily find yourself in front of a skyscraper filled with tech & other companies that rely on being connected to the rest of the world. Travel a few miles in one direction away from the center of the city and things change even more drastically. As you journey away from the city you see things change quickly, no more skyscrapers. Your view turns into countryside and farms and sometimes just rolling hills. This is how countries are developing now, cities are places for innovation and expand outward into rural areas. Development isn’t happening across the entire land, it’s a pocket here and there. While connecting the world won’t fix everything, it has huge implications that I am excited to see, we are so lucky to be living in such an exciting time.