Glad to see they're not all buying into this trojan. I note too that the letter is from "digital rights organizations and groups from across the world", so it's not just the Indians who aren't backing this horse.
Online activists in India have published a stinging attack on Facebook and its efforts to provide online services in the nation. Savetheinternet.in, an effort organised and funded by concerned citizens, published their post in response to a visit to India by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As is his wont, Zuckerberg conducted a …
Well, the 'Borg makes a valid point, if you're not on the 'net you can't sign online petitions. He forgot to add that you can't have his adverts rammed down your throat either. A suprising ommision methinks (he's probably got a Delhi belly and is distracted) considering the lack of bandwidth he's offering.
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"Before an increasing number of companies started making facebook their primary means of contact, I was able to contact them via email, which is an open specification, and not subject to the terms and conditions of one US-based private company."
This. Exactly this. Although I do hope for some sort of rollback in the wake of the 'safe harbour' erm thingy.
"The activists also accuse Facebook of having monetisation, not altruism, at the core of its agenda and back up that argument by pointing to several programs in India that offer internet access without grazing on Net Neutrality issues and that prove universal access doesn't have to involve a walled garden."
...aaand over to you, Tim!