The Outernet: Project aims to put world online


Only 60 percent of people on the planet has access to the Internet.

In the most populous country, 1,349,585,838 people and counting have limited access because Chinese censors silence voices critical of the government, filter search results, put up firewalls and even remove innocent-seeming American TV shows from Netflix-like streaming lists.

But that could all change with Outernet, a project started by Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), a New York-based group that seeds news outlets such as PolicyMic.

The plan is to launch a “constellation” of hundreds of mini satellites that would beam sort of a “modern version of shortwave radio” from space, bringing free Wi-Fi to everybody. Continue reading