A/B tests needed for Zuckerberg's 'Greatest challenge'

A/B tests needed for Zuckerberg's 'Greatest challenge'

Summary: The Hacker Way calls for lots of testing...

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Mark Zuckerberg's call for an industry-wide effort to bring Internet connectivity to billions of the world's poorest is framed in the context of a great humanitarian crusade, he calls it "one of the greatest challenges of our generation."

It seems lacking in ambition and imagination to focus on Internet connectivity as a grand challenge that will inspire many others to devote their time and energy into making a reality. It is also incredibly self-serving despite the .org designation in naming the venture Internet.org.

Do the world's poor want Internet access versus say clean water? Shouldn't Mr. Zuckerberg ask them? 

Over at HQ at One Hacker Way (above), the Hacker Way calls for lots of A/B testing. Has Facebook carried out any A/B testing regarding what the billions of people on the fringes of digital society want? Do they even have a say? 

A/B testing would save Internet.org a lot of time and trouble if it turns out the poor would rather have a safe place to live, sanitation, schools, clean water, health clinics, electric lights, roads, or food. Not that there's a choice but in theory, if they had a choice what would they want?

I bet Internet connectivity never comes up in their social conversations. Internet connectivity is nice to have but it's only useful if you have the other basic things needed for existence. 

Bill Gates is right when he commented about Google's aptly named Project Loon venture to float balloons in poor countries, carrying Internet access: "When you're dying of malaria, I suppose you'll look up and see that balloon, and I'm not sure how it'll help you."

Topic: Smartphones

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    • ^^this is why

      Kandy, you demonstrate why the 3rd world doesn't need this project above others that are far more imported to their survival. Hell, you even motivate me a little to not want access to the internet.
      anthonywr
  • Love to offer Convert.com A/B testing software to give this a try

    You cannot really ask people what they want. You like their actions to speak for them. So I'd love to offer Convert.com A/B testing software for the initiative.
    dennisvdheijden