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What EA projects could grow to become megaprojects, eventually spending $100m per year?

Yeap, it's incredibly exciting. 

I see a few issues with it in this context, though. 

In the short-run, it will be prohibitively expensive for most of the world's population, and it doesn't solve for the device ownership necessity. 

I also don't like the idea internet access being in the control of a company that is subject to the national laws. I feel that we need a censorship-resistant internet, especially in the existing climate. We're increasingly seeing crack-downs across the world, and I don't the US will be immune from increased internet suppression. 

What EA projects could grow to become megaprojects, eventually spending $100m per year?

www.ideamarket.io is working on something that's in the same vein. It's not a prediction market, but seeks to use markets to identify credible/trustworthy sources. 

Disclaimer: i started working with Ideamarket a month ago

What EA projects could grow to become megaprojects, eventually spending $100m per year?

Something that could increase economic growth, dramatically reduce inequality of opportunity, and improve well-being of people worldwide:

Try to get as many people connected to the internet with a personal device as possible. 

The stat is that ~50% of the world is connected to the internet is misleading. To be connected you must have used a networked device once in three months, which is far from what most people would expect. 
 

Source: International Telecommunication Union ( ITU ) World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database


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3evelynciara10mo
I think this would be broadly useful and in particular increase the reach of mobile payment-based activities like GiveDirectly. I'd be curious about estimates of how cost-effective increasing internet penetration would be, compared to throwing more money at GD.
2tamgent1y
Mozilla have a fellowship aimed at this: https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/what-we-fund/fellowships/fellows-for-open-internet-engineering/
4Nathan Young1y
My very uninformed sense is that starlink might make internet access a lot easier. Metaculus question writing opportunitiy.