Cloudflare (global service provider for CDN; Content Delivery Network) today announced the launch of a new global project called Pangea. Its purpose is to increase the capacity of lines that provide users with Internet access in those areas where this cannot be done due to outdated telecommunications infrastructure or high costs.
Local communities interested in this topic, as well as non-profit organizations, can apply for the project. However, there is one condition – they must have their own IPv4 address space. Cloudfare ensures, if at all possible, that it will provide them with their own links operating in the field, which they will be able to use to build their own network.
A report prepared by the World Economic Forum showed that nearly half of the world’s population has no access to the Internet at all, and only 20% of the population can use the Internet in least developed countries. Cloudflare took such an initiative on the assumption that internet access is nowadays a basic human right, because people deprived of such an ability are doomed to digital exclusion.
The problem is that the communications infrastructure in many places around the world is so poor that there are more and more of these people. Project Pangea aims to prevent this by giving these people access to the Internet for free or at very low rates.
As part of the project, local communities will also be able to freely use several tools developed by Cloudflare (such as Cloudflare Network Interconnect, Magic Transit or Magic Firewall), which ensure network security.
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