Mark Zuckerberg has committed himself to bringing the internet to refugee camps, because he considers it a basic human right.
Speaking at the United Nations Private Sector Forum, the Facebook Founder announced that by bringing connectivity to the camps will ‘help refugees access support from the aid community’ and it will also ‘maintain links to families’.
Zuck added: ‘Data can help us make smarter decisions but only if you can interpret it quickly and with confidence, so we want to help the U.N. make decisions that will advance our goals.’
Addressing crowds, which included President Xi Jinping of China, U2 musician Bono and Chancelloe of Germany Angela Merkel, he also said that access to the web should be ‘at the heart of the global development strategy’ when it comes to making poverty history.
Announcing the Connectivity Declaration, Zuckerberg added: ‘By connecting more people in developing countries, we have more opportunity to create more than 140 million new jobs, lift 160 million people out of poverty and give more than 600 million children access to affordable learning tools.
The Connectivity Declaration aims to provide internet access to everyone on the planet in the next five years.