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World Wide Web Creator Calls For Equal Access To Web On Its 32nd Birthday Too Many Young People Have Poor Access To Web, Its Creator Explains

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The world wide web celebrated its 32nd birthday earlier this month. The man credited with its invention penned a letter to mark the occasion, but the letter was far more ambitious than your typical birthday card.

Tim Berners-Lee, an England-born computer scientist, launched the world wide web on March 12, 1989. Berners-Lee has been deeply involved in the web ever since, leading important research and founding advocacy groups.

To celebrate the web’s 32nd birthday, Berners-Lee wrote and released a letter, pushing for more accessibility to the web for young people.

“A third of young people have no internet access at all,” he wrote. “Many more lack the data, devices and reliable connection they need to make the most of the web.”

In the letter, Berners-Lee explains that children and young adults are growing up in a world that requires web access and knowledge to get ahead. The lack of consistent accessibility, he explains, creates disadvantages for some.

“Only the top third of ‘under-25s’ have a home internet connection, according to Unicef, leaving 2.2 billion young people without the stable access they need to learn online, which has helped so many others continue their education during the pandemic,” he wrote.

Berners-Lee wrote a similar letter last summer following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, he argued that access to the web should be considered a universal human right. Specifically, he described how inconsistencies in web access set people apart — “these inequalities fall along the familiar lines of wealth, race and rural urban divides,” he wrote.

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Facebook And Google Are Working On Undersea Cables To Connect America And Southeast Asia

03/29/2021

Facebook and Google are planning to improve global internet connection capacity by placing a pair of undersea cables between Southeast Asia and America.

Specifically, the cables will run from North America to Singapore and Indonesia. Notably, these will be the first cables to run from America to the main parts of Indonesia.

The cables’ purpose is to boost internet connection capacity, a long-running goal of these companies. According to Reuters, much of Indonesia has poor access to the Internet – or no access at all.

“ will be the first two cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea and they will increase overall subsea capacity in the trans-pacific by about 70%,” explained Facebook vice president of network investments, Kevin Salvadori.

The first cable, called ‘Echo’, is expected to launch by 2023. It is being worked on through a partnership between Facebook, Google, and an Indonesian telecommunications company called XL Alxatia.

The second cable, called ‘Bifrost’, is expected to launch by 2024. It is being worked on through a partnership between an Indonesian company called Telin and a Singaporean company called Keppel.

“We are working with partners and regulators to meet all of the concerns that people have, and we look forward to that cable being a valuable, productive transpacific cable going forward in the near future,” said Salvadori.

Recently, Facebook axed its plans to connect a similar cable between California and Hong Kong. Facebook cited “ongoing concerns from the US government about direct communication links between the United States and Hong Kong” for its decision to cancel the cable.

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