JFK urges everyone to get Connected

Well, sort of. Mr Zuckerberg (for Facebook) and several “partners” namely, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung  at this stage, have got together to implement plans to get the remaining 5 billion of us connected to the internet.

Their intentions are contained in yesterdays press release and on their Internet.org site which they summarise as:

“Internet.org is a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it.”

They list their “…three key challenges” in developing countries as:

  • Making access affordable
  • Using data more efficiently
  • Helping businesses drive access

Here’s their inaugural video;

We thought it a rather impressive set of words, very well delivered.

The words are sort of extracts (with a bit of poetic licence and some reordering) from J F Kennedy’s speech made just over 50 years ago  (June 10 1963) at the American University.

We’ve done a Pdf from the JFK Library transcript italicising the video’s content (it starts on page 2) and at the end we’ve done our transcript from the Internet.org video.

Here’s the original speech – to be honest we think this definitely, in delivery terms, far outshines the latest cover version!

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