Add Kenya to the expanding list of countries where the Internet.org application is available, joining Tanzania and Zambia, as Internet.org vice president Chris Daniels announced at AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday that Airtel subscribers in Kenya will gain access to the app later this week.
The Internet.org application that debuted in Zambia in July is now available in a second nation in Africa, as Tigo and Internet.org announced the availability of the app to the telecommunications carrier’s subscribers in Tanzania.
Andrew Bocking, who led the BlackBerry Messenger effort for BlackBerry before leaving that company in February, joined Facebook as product manager for its recently announced Internet.org application, Re/code reported.
Most companies respond to criticism in the press with statements by executives or spokespeople, but Facebook answered a column in The New York Times by Evgeny Morozov panning its Internet.org initiative to connect the rest of the world to the Internet with comments by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Stanford University School of Medicine Prof. Michele Barry and United Nations Under-Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Zambia may seem like an odd choice for the site of an application’s launch, but it makes perfect sense when the developer of that app has a mission statement of connecting the rest of the world. Internet.org – the global partnership formed last August by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to “connect the next 5 billion people” — announced the launch of its app, starting with Airtel subscribers in Zambia.