2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress Keynote To Feature Mark Zuckerberg

By David Cohen 

ZuckGSMAKeynoteBannerFacebook joined mobile carriers association GSMA last November, and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will team up with technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, for a keynote session Monday, Feb. 24, at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

GSMA said Zuckerberg and Kirkpatrick will discuss the importance of extending the benefits of ubiquitous Internet access to the unconnected world, which is the mission of Internet.org, the global partnership formed by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung last August.

When the social network joined the association last November, Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose said in a statement to FierceWireless:

Joining GSMA reflects our focus on mobile and our continued desire to work closely and collaboratively with partners in the industry, and we look forward to playing an active role as a member.

Facebook Spokesman Derick Mains also told FierceWireless:

(The biggest benefit of joining GSMA) is that it ensures our continued tight alignment with operators worldwide and the issues they care most about. The broad reach of GSMA and its members, along with the wide organizational footprint, are also benefits to Facebook. Understanding the issues facing operators and the industry as a whole across regions is not only important to Facebook, but to the efforts of Internet.org.

Readers: Do you think Zuckerberg will discuss any new developments related to Internet.org?