The Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has set out his vision for the Democratic National Committee, calling for “all Americans” to be able to access information online, and pledging to work with Congress to pass a “broad coalition” of laws aimed at addressing the challenges of an increasingly diverse world.
Zuckerberg will speak at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on July 25, where he will also outline his plans to increase access to healthcare, combat racial discrimination, and support the “vital work of democracy” in a speech that was widely expected to focus on cybersecurity and cybersecurity research.
In the speech, Zuckerberg will also address the problems that have come to the forefront in recent years with the proliferation of information technologies and the “threats of cyberattack,” which he says “have become ever more real.”
“With so much at stake in the future of our nation, it is my responsibility to ensure that all Americans have access to the information they need and deserve,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.
“As the most powerful man on the planet, I’m determined to continue to push the American people to achieve their own common goals.”
Zuckerberger will address the DNC by delivering a speech on “The Great Challenges of the 21st Century” and will also discuss the role of cybersecurity in a wide-ranging discussion.
He will outline how he plans to expand “digital infrastructure,” such as his company’s Open Graph platform, to enable access to information and access to political campaigns and government entities, and he will offer a blueprint for what he hopes to achieve in the fight against the Zika virus.
“The United States is facing the greatest threat of our time, and the future is critical,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“The world needs to move beyond our current focus on economic growth and inequality, and look to a new direction in our democracy, where everyone is counted equally, and where we can all make our voices heard.
This is the promise of a digital democracy.”
Zimmerberg will also unveil plans for his philanthropic arm, which he has promised to create over the next five years, which will fund initiatives aimed at “promoting digital citizenship,” including an online college course, which the company said will “make the internet and the digital world accessible to students and their families.”
Zuck’s speech will be one of the most prominent on the Democratic platform in a long time, as the party seeks to expand its influence across the country and across the political spectrum.
The DNC will hold a town hall-style meeting on July 26 in Philadelphia with representatives from the Democratic Party, the Congressional Black Caucus, and other groups to discuss the future direction of the party.
Zuck, who has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, has repeatedly called for a “complete shutdown” of the nation’s borders and immigration system, which critics say is a “backdoor” to national security.
On Wednesday, Zuckerberg said that he “really don’t believe in a border wall,” which is what has been floated by Trump and others, and instead wants to build a “secure, efficient, and productive” system for both citizens and refugees who come into the country illegally.
The billionaire said he was looking to build “a strong infrastructure” for immigration enforcement that “doesn’t require an invasion of someone’s home” and that he wants to be a leader in creating a “more secure, productive, and fair immigration system.”