Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jun 2013 17:58 UTC
Google "The Internet is one of the most transformative technologies of our lifetimes. But for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable Internet connection is still out of reach. And this is far from being a solved problem. There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity - jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month's income. Solving these problems isn't simply a question of time: it requires looking at the problem of access from new angles. So today we're unveiling our latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access." Insane.
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Named after?
by looncraz on Mon 17th Jun 2013 20:01 UTC
looncraz
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2005-07-24

Is this project named after me!?!

I doubt it, but I did propose this exact idea for forcefully providing unfiltered internet to areas which restrict access. Free and honest information is the best way to fight oppression.

--The loon

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RE: Named after?
by darknexus on Mon 17th Jun 2013 20:51 in reply to "Named after?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

but I did propose this exact idea for forcefully providing unfiltered internet to areas which restrict access. Free and honest information is the best way to fight oppression.

And you think Google will provide free, open, and honest information with no conditions? I wonder if those other nations would be okay with Google "forcefully" providing internet access especially with the NSA information coming to light? They might be better off without it until, and if, that is ever dealt with.

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RE[2]: Named after?
by looncraz on Mon 17th Jun 2013 20:56 in reply to "RE: Named after?"
looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24


And you think Google will provide free, open, and honest information with no conditions?


Much better than what the have otherwise!

And, honestly, I have yet to find anything being filtered by google to the point of omission. Search result prioritization doesn't count as censorship.

--The loon

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RE: Named after?
by Delgarde on Mon 17th Jun 2013 22:51 in reply to "Named after?"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Free and honest information is the best way to fight oppression.


Provided they have the ability to receive that information, of course. What percentage of the global population actually have the ability to take advantage of wifi balloons floating in the stratosphere?

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