BlackBerry’s former EVP of BBM, Andrew Bocking, departed last February after a 14 year run with the company. Now it seems that he’ll turn his attention to Facebook, as product manager for Internet.org’s mobile app.
Internet.org, an initiative Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is leading, aims to remove logistical and technical barriers to “make the internet available to every person on earth.” Participating companies will offer developing nations free internet to access health, employment and local information services without data charges. Some of the participating sites include Facebook, Google, AccuWeather, and Wikipedia.
The Internet.org app is currently available to Airtel subscribers in Zambia, but where Canadian-born Bocking will play a role is to expand its global availability into “other parts of the world.” Bocking had close ties with Facebook due to his previous roles at BlackBerry, and the Internet.org team features other former BlackBerry employees, so the position should be a good fit.