BillG vs Zuckerberg
Tim's article reminds me a bit about the BillG tirade against Zuckerberg a few years back (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/02/bill_gates_disses_zuckerbergs_world_internet_plans_as_a_joke/)
BillG postulates that developing a vaccine against malaria takes precedent over providing the poor with Internet access.
But... It is my understanding that malaria was eradicated from Europe as a consequence of increased wealth. Wealthier people tend not to share a bedroom with a dozen other people. As mosquitoes tend to stay within a small area, any disease it might spread, won't go very far.
An increase in wealth brings other benefits as well I'm told.
So BillG's tirade seems counter-intuitive, to say the least.
Basic infrastructure (and mobile communication is pretty much basic these days) is important.