MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Rappler ties up with Internet.org, a Facebook-led initiative to connect parts of the world without Internet access, and Smart Communications, a telecommunications company in the Philippines.
Maria Ressa, Rappler's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor, says the partnership with Facebook and Smart is that of "groups who have the same goal: to empower Filipino youth, entrepreneurs and businesses to build a vision for a better world."
"Access to the internet is true power for this generation," Ressa adds. "Without it, new gaps and inequalities will happen. With it, we can compete with the world."
Rappler uses its platform to address age-old problems like disaster risk reduction & climate change, hunger, corruption and women's issues through its citizen engagement arm Move.PH and initiatives like Project Agos, #HungerProject and #BudgetWatch.
On Thursday, March 19, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg also posted on Facebook about Internet.org's tie-up in the Philippines.
"We're one step closer to connecting the world as we launched Internet.org in the Philippines today. Now everyone in the country can have free access to internet services for health, education, jobs and communication on the Smart network," Zuckerberg wrote.
Apart from Rappler, Philippine Internet.org app users can also visit the following sites:
Internet.org subscribers can also avail of the basic services of Facebook and Facebook Messenger.
The Internet.org app is available only for Android users and can be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store. Alternatively text INTERNET 9999 via Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular. – Rappler.com