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President-elect Joko Widodo to meet with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – President-elect Joko Widodo said that he will meet he founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg this morning, who he described as “a man of extraordinary, who has changed the world of information communication”.

In his official Facebook page, Joko Widodo said that he hopes the meeting “will bring benefits for Indonesians”.

Zuckerberg arrived in Indonesia at the weekend and visited the Borobudur temple in Central Java.

“I just arrived in Indonesia and hiked up Borobudur to watch the sunrise. Tomorrow for Internet.org I’m looking forward to meeting with developers, operator partners and government leaders in Jakarta,” Zuckerberg said in his official Facebook page.

He also posted few photos taken by his colleague. The photos got instant comments from his followers. He also posted a photo, taking picture for tourists. “I love it when people ask me to take photos of them,” he noted.

The management of Borobudur was reported by local media that they were caught by surprised by the visit of the Facebook founder. They didn’t realize that he was there as his name was not on a guest list.

Mark Zuckerberg later in the day visited a small kampong in Jogyakarta. He seems to have a similar hobby with President-elect Joko Widodo. They both like ‘blusukan’ — an impromptu visit to difficult places to meet people or places that the elite usually tries to avoid such as slump areas.

As a reported by Tempo.co, the founder of Facebook, visited Kampung Taman, Patehan village, Keraton sub-ditrict in Jogyakarta on Sunday afternoon. He visited the so-called “Cyber Kampung” (RT 36, RW 9) at 15.00-15.30, accompanied by a local guide and bodyguards. He stepped out of the car and walking in a narrow path to reach the place.

“We are surprised as we don’t know he will come here,” Antonoius Sasongko, a local villager said. The village has used facebook as means of communication among its village members since 2008.

Sasongko said Zuckerberg asked a lot of questions — since when they have used facebook to communicate each other and how has it benefited them. The village has around 40 households.

Mark Zuckerberg visited India prior to his visit to Indonesia as part of his world tour to campaign the Internet.org App, that makes the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services.

With this app, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges.

“Over the last year we’ve been working to overcome the major barriers preventing more than 4 billion people from connecting to the internet. We announced the Connectivity Lab and our work on satellites and planes to overcome limits in physical infrastructure,” Zuckerberg said.

“We’ve built systems to make apps use less data, reducing your data bills. We’ve also partnered with operators to provide free basic services, including tools for health, education, jobs and communication in a few countries, starting with Indonesia, the Philippines, Tanzania, Paraguay and Zambia,” he said in his official Facebook page. (*)

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