## Demystifying Free Basics ---- ## Ramaseshan ### Volunteer ### Free Software Foundation, Tamilnadu ### fsftn.org
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Internet.org

An emotional Trap

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Net Neutrality

Note:
   - No matter where I watch a movie, the movie is the same, but only the theater differs
   - No matter which train I coach of the train I travel in, I travel at the same speed.

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Zero Rating

Note:
    - Airtel Zero - Where it all started

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Free Basics

Old wine in New bottle

Note:
    - Free ?? Free for what ?? Freedom ? No Cost, the trap here
    - Basics ? who chooses this basics for me ?

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(Fake) Digital Equality ?

![Monitoring](theme/img/freebasics/cctv.png)

Note:
    - Walled Garden
    - Security
    - Privacy
    - Surveillance

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Free Basics is about keeping it partners free to access.

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Free Basics of not about connecting people, it is about making a better buisness around the un-connected.

Note:
    - Already a billion people buisness, now targeting 2 billion more... 
    - Free Basics is about keeping it partners free to access.
    - Internet would become like DTH services.
    - crores of money spent on ads, is that really charity ?

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![Data Travel Path](theme/img/freebasics/data-travel.png)

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Free education in free basics is a joke.

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Facebook is creating a seperate internet

Note:
    - Host my site on the internet (i mean facebook) 
    - If it was free basics you cant access this presentation on my website
    - Would zuck would have build facebook with free basics

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How will it affect the growth of the internet ?

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    - Facebook is trying to create a seperate internet
    - Most facebook users didnt know they are using internet (Study)
    - Monopoly over the digital market

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Others Similar Plans

* Airtel Zero <!-- .element: class="fragment" " data-fragment-index="1" -->
* Free Basic Internet (Aircel) <!-- .element: class="fragment" " data-fragment-index="2" -->
* Free Whatsapp/facebook packs <!-- .element: class="fragment" " data-fragment-index="3" -->

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But people move to the actual internet from Free Basics

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    - the cost of the actual internet when the existing infra in invested on free basics
    - the monopoly of the telecos over a few
    - the way people think dosent grow to the un-connected
    - the control over the data
    - Research from prof.Vishal Mishra from columbia university "Zero rating do not actually help gorw the internet"

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something is better than nothing

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something is nearly same as nothing

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Action Items

* visit savetheinternet.in <!-- .element: class="fragment" " data-fragment-index="1" -->
* send an Email to TRAI <!-- .element: class="fragment" " data-fragment-index="2" -->
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