Alexander from the Austrian Piratenpartei pointed me to an interesting project called “Buy This Satellite” where ahumanright.org with the help of a consortium of organisations, amongst others the Bertelsmann Foundation, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories or the What Took You So Long Foundation is trying to finance the purchase of a communication satellite to provide internet
Here’s the Tedx talk of the project‘s CEO, Kostas Grammatis.
Still, as much as I’m a technology enthusiast, internet access can only be one part of the puzzle for improving the lives of impoverished people around the world. I suggest watching this presentation by Kentaro Toyama for more technology-critical and challenging thoughts.
However, I like the concept and it’s an exciting new way to think about things – just crowdfunding the purchase of a whole communication satellite. I just hope the organizers have a more general approach in mind than just moving this satellite around and waiting for things to happen.
Clicking links and stumbling further I also encountered the other projects of Palomar5 and they’re also definitely worth a read.