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Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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2/19/2016 | 2:48:01 PM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
It's an old strategy in politics: Claim the moral high ground. 
kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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2/19/2016 | 11:47:28 AM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
Almost sounds like Trumps strategy? Attack the opposition and make it their fault. The Free Basics idea and the resistance by India almost has turned into a school yard bully scenario. At least India owns the schoolyard and can make the rules.
danielcawrey
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2/12/2016 | 2:35:07 PM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
I understand the crisicism of Free Basics. It turns the internet into a free online service for Facebook. It's not really the internet, and there needs to be clear wording that explains there is a difference.

In the U.S. we have the luxury of great and mostly ungated internet access. it's unfortunate that in some places this is simply not possible. 
mendyk
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2/11/2016 | 3:03:28 PM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
I wonder if Mr. Z. will touch on this subject in his ninth annual MWC keynote address...
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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2/11/2016 | 2:33:34 PM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
An argument for Free Basics as colonialism. 

Or rather six arguments:

1. ride in like the savior

2. bandy about words like equality, democracy, basic rights

3. mask the long-term profit motive (see 2 above)

4. justify the logic of partial dissemination as better than nothing

5. partner with local elites and vested interests

6. accuse the critics of ingratitude

 

mendyk
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mendyk,
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2/11/2016 | 11:42:10 AM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
Colonialism doesn't have to be geographic. Social and economic colonies can exist anywhere. There may not have been an objection -- or at least less of an objection -- if this "program" were labeled honestly: free access to Facebook and its allies. Instead, it was presented under the guise of free Internet access, which it is not.
Mitch Wagner
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2/11/2016 | 11:11:17 AM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
What makes this colonialism? Just because a Western country is doing it in India?
mendyk
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mendyk,
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2/11/2016 | 8:50:29 AM
Re: Zuckerberg responds
Does Mr. Z. find digital colonialism deeply upsetting as well? He may in fact aspire to altruism, but he could use some mentoring.
Mitch Wagner
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2/10/2016 | 7:56:34 PM
Zuckerberg responds
Mark Zuckerberg found the comments "deeply upsetting," he said in a post on Facebook. 


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