Information Access

“We’re just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone.” That’s the goal of Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg. I share that vision. Information should not be something that only privileged students or wealthy people have access to. It should be provided to everyone whether it’s in the form of electronic devices or printed material, social media or newspapers, everyone should have access to the same information no matter who they are or where they are.

I am worried about the millions of growing children that do not have access to information. I am worried about their future means of supporting themselves and being contributing members of society. I fear for the dying arts and bodies of knowledge due to a lack of interest in the next generation. That is why I am seeking to inspire the next generation to utilize the vast bodies of information that are available at their fingertips and experience the positive impact it can have on their life. Critics may say that information comes and goes over time, and this is true; however, whatever the duration of availability, whatever the size, a piece of information can have extreme importance and the potential to cause a movement.

I have a dream that the exiting generation will have a positive recollection of the impact they made on the world. I have a dream that the next generation will look back and be amazed at the progress the previous generation made. And lastly, I have a dream that the world experiences an unconscious spreading of knowledge where everyone has equal access and everyone understands it. When I say “generation”, I mean any human being living within a given time regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military, genetic information, or any other characteristic. Feelings around the current state of the world need to be emotions of happiness, pride, and accomplishment. Emotions of anxiety and urgency should be nonexistent.