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What's the Big Idea?

December 07, 2010

What's the Big Idea? What's the Big Idea? What's the Big Idea?

 “Communications issues constitute 50% of UNICEF’s 10 Challenges. Improve communication and the other challenges will be easier to overcome." -PSFK Future of Health Project.

If your reading this its very probable that you have stable internet access and a pretty clear understanding of how the Internet has changed our lives and how the digital revolution is reshaping humanity as a whole.  Yet as we live this revolution at a vertiginous rate, we often times forget that approximately 85% of the world's population is being left behind.

Internet is the tool that is democratizing knowledge and through which the equal access to information is empowering people to enhance their quality of life. 20 plus years after the discovery of this humanity enhancing tool, it is time for us to consider and work towards a future where we are all worthy of the right to enhance the quality of our lives.

This is the idea behind ahumanright.org, an organization that veils for equal access to information for all, as a human right: “Thus to be excluded from this information technology is, effectively, to be excluded from information, full stop. Given that to receive and impart information is a universal human right, and that the Internet is more than just an incrementally useful information technology, we are led directly to the conclusion: the Internet should be a human right in and of itself.” This organization has recently started the initiative: Buy this Satellite.

Buy this Satellite is a business plan to buy a satellite from Teerrastar, a telecommunications company that owns the worlds most capable communication satellite, and who coincidently has just filed for bankruptcy. After acquiring the satellite it will be relocated in order to reach millions of people who would otherwise have no way of having access to this technology.

The details of the business plan, which is divided into 3 phases, are explained here. The idea is to work in partnership with local governments over which the satellite will be positioned, and offer a diminished service for free to everyone, while allowing telecommunications companies to purchase and re-sell high speed bandwidth in order to facilitate the industry in that developing country to grow. The plan also includes the building of an open source low cost modem to be distributed in the pertaining areas.

This initiatives is currently being supported by donations, large scale funders and investors.

Although this all might seem like a far-fetched idea to many, here at MG-I we think that these far-fetched ideas are the ones worth considering, spreading and working towards. If people in developing countries are given access to the information that is currently changing the world, they themselves will most likely be the ones who will have the next big idea that will lead them and their country to progress and development.