Zero rating has become a perfect storm incorporating politics, profit and technical complexity. The claim that everyone has a right to internet connectivity is coming into conflict with the argument for net neutrality: will the provision of free data services via mobile phones worldwide privilege a small minority of content providers such as Facebook and Google, or will it provide valuable access to information and services for low-income people worldwide? This dichotomy, however, is based on a reductivist perspective that does not take into account the possible disadvantages of a reliance on mobile connectivity for a majority of the world’s citizens. If we add geographical and economic context into the debate, it becomes apparent that zero-rating could benefit some, but could also impoverish and further disadvantage many. Who are the winners and losers from a global perspective, and what are their chances against the prevailing wisdom of Silicon Valley?
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||IEEE Internet Computing|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Jul 2016|
- big data
- human rights
- mobile telecommuinications