Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org, Net Neutrality, Privacy and Security

Internet.org is Facebook’s attempt to get everyone in the world online. But right now, it’s connecting  people to the Facebooknet, not the real internet.

So today, global community organizaton write our concerns with Internet.org. Internet.org’s current implementation violates net neutrality, fails to protect user security and privacy, and creates a two-tier system in which only the richest get full access to the open internet.

Facebook must do better than this.

The letter calls into question a number of practices that Facebook must address, including:

  • Internet.org’s use of Facebook as a proxy for all web browsing, which harms user privacy;
  • The program’s ban on the use of SSL, TLS, or HTTPS for participating services, which needlessly puts users’ security at risk;
  • Zero rating, which offers only a specific set of services or applications free without a data plan, or without counting against existing data caps;
  • The creation of a two-tiered internet, which would exacerbate the digital divide.

Digital rights advocates around the world share Facebook’s stated goal of bringing affordable internet access to the two-thirds of the world who currently lack such access — but they disagree with Facebook about how to get it done. And increasingly, people in Facebook’s target countries — India, Indonesia, Philippines, Colombia, Panama, Ghana, and elsewhere — are realizing that Internet.org’s model of a “poor internet for poor people” exacerbates, rather than fixes, digital inequality.

This letter is a big chance for internet users around the world to come together to voice their concerns about Internet.org — and to show support for services that provide access to the full internet without harming user security or privacy. Universal connectivity is not an either/or proposition — we can find a way to provide everyone with basic access while still upholding their basic rights.

Signed,

 

18MillionRising.org – US

Access – Global

Ageia Densi Colombia – Colombia

Baaroo Foundation – Netherlands

Bits of Freedom – Netherlands

Center for Media Justice – US

Centre Africain D’Echange Culturel (CAFEC) – Democratic Republic of Congo

Coding Rights – Brazil

Coletivo Intervozes – Brazil

Colnodo – Colombia

ColorofChange.org – US

Community Informatics Network – Global

Data Roads Foundation – Global

Digital Rights Foundation – Pakistan

Digitale Gesellschaft – Germany

European Digital Rights (EDRi) – EU

Fight for the Future – US

Förderverein freie Netzwerke e.V. / freifunk.net – Germany

Free Press Unlimited – EU

Fundacion Karisma – Colombia

Fundacion para la Libertad de Prensa – Colombia

Future of Music Coalition – US

Global Voices Advocacy – Global

Greenhost – Netherlands

i freedom Uganda – Uganda

ICT Watch – Indonesia – Indonesia

Initiative für Netzfreiheit – Austria

Instituto Bem Estar Brasil – Brazil

Instituto Beta para Internet e Democracia – IBIDEM – Brazil

Instituto NUPEF – Brazil

Integrating Livelihoods through Communication Information Technology for Africa – Uganda

International Modern Media Institute – Iceland

Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan – Pakistan

IPANDETEC – Panama

IT for Change – India

IT-Pol Denmark – Denmark

Just Associates Southern Africa – Africa

KICTANet – Kenya

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet – South Korea

Media Alliance – US

Media Matters for Democracy (Pakistan) – Pakistan

Media Mobilizing Project – US

MediaNama – India

Movimento Mega – Brazil

Open Wireless Network of Slovenia – Slovenia

OpenMedia – Global

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria – Nigeria

Popular Resistance – US

Protege Qv – Cameroon

Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales (R3D) – Mexico

RedPaTodos – Colombia

RIght 2 Know Campaign – South Africa

RootsAction.org – US

Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) – Canada

SavetheInternet.in – India

Savvy System Designs – US

Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network/Safenet – Southeast Asia

TEDIC – Paraguay

The Agency League of Musicians – US

The Heliopolis Institute – Egypt

The Media Consortium – US

Unwanted Witness – Uganda

Usuarios Digitales – Ecuador

Vrijschrift – Netherlands

WITNESS – Global

xnet – Spain

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum – Zimbabwe

 

 

See the full version of our letter here:

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