Our Story

Imagine a world where…

Communities are invigorated by young people working together to make a better life for their families.  Children in remote villages are not isolated but connected to others to share lessons and inspiration to work for more opportunities.  Local leaders preserve the culture and traditions and pass them on to the next generation and share them with people around the world. Where research and scientific and technology advances our global and local communities, and people from all works of life participate in meaningful work that provides a framework for passion to create value. Where financial capital drives improvements for everyone.

Imagine a world where we Connect to Thrive.

The Internet provides unprecedented access to education, medical assistance, economic opportunity, services and personal connections. Yet, out of the seven and a half billion people on the planet, less than half are online today. We seek to change that. People Centered Internet is an international coalition determined to connect the dots, fill in the gaps, and unite humanity.

Our goal is to accelerate the growth of human potential through an Internet that allows for permission-less innovation and delivers economic, social, and political empowerment for all humankind.

Founded by one of the fathers of the Internet, Vint Cerf, and MeiLin Fung, one of the pioneers of CRM software, People Centered Internet aims to assure that the Internet, and the data it creates, deliver economic, social and political empowerment, and permission-less innovation, for all humanity.

Powerful forces, like governments and transnational corporations, are spending massive sums of money on connectivity initiatives. Unfortunately, current aid and development finance efforts are opaque and structurally subject to inefficiency and corruption, which accounts for more than 30% of $135 billion dedicated to aid every year. Furthermore, multiple overlapping efforts are missing collaboration opportunities due to inadequate coordination.

In other words, resources are not getting where they need to be in order to do the most good. Something needs to be done.

We are partnering with the World Bank, the IEEE, the U.S. Department of State, the Internet Society, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and dozens of financial institutions and technology companies around the world to ensure that it is.

We envision a world where everyone is connected, and those connections, enriched by dialog and data, empower humanity’s thriving. Those connections need to be useful, relevant and effective for all, whether you are farming on a mountaintop, or living in a city under siege.

Learn more about our global team.
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