Facebook’s detailed open-source maps show the gaps in global internet connectivity – Quartz

To get the world connected, you must figure out where there is no internet. To help this effort, Facebook has releases a series of maps that helps to chart the gaps in internet access around the world. The first set of maps include Pretoria, South Africa; Lilongwe, Malawi, and Accra, Ghana. These maps are open source, which means NGOs, innovators or companies can access them.

Key Takeaways:

  • To bring people the internet, first you have to figure out where there is no internet.
  • The social media giant hopes to increase connectivity around the world by collecting data to better understand the challenges facing unconnected communities.
  • To create the maps, Facebook’s Connectivity Lab started by layering detailed satellite images and using computer vision techniques to identify physical infrastructure like building.

“That’s why Facebook this week released a series of maps that begin the process of charting the gaps in access and connectivity around the world.”