Innovation is the source of economic prosperity and global progress, simplifying routines and enriching quality of life. The internet has fundamentally altered how the world works, communicates and thinks. The global information revolution has ushered in a new era of global conversations, cooperation and crowd-sourcing among researchers, speeding the spread of new ideas and technologies in every discipline. Researchers race to develop energy alternatives, synthetic biology, transportation improvements, environmental protections or cures for disease. Governments must keep up pace with funding of education and infrastructure as well as regulations on patents, immigration, intellectual property protections and more.

Dealing With Disasters in a Connected World

New IT tools instantly link rescuers, victims and fundraisers
S.L. Bachman
May 10, 2010

China: Defending its Core Interest in the World – Part II

China could use its tussle with Google to step up Internet reform
Guobin Yang
April 7, 2010

Google’s Lesson: Innovation Has to Be Accompanied by Reliability

Companies and governments will focus on safety first while adopting new products
Rob Knake and Adam Segal
February 22, 2010

China and Google: Searching for Trouble – Part II

Advantage China for now, but it can’t stop the march of globalization
Jeffrey Garten
January 21, 2010

Terrorism’s New Avatars – Part II

Al Qaeda recruits terrorists on-line, turning the democratic space on its head
Gabriel Weimann
January 12, 2010

Coping With Digital Revolution: China Offers Green Dam, Iran Faces Neda

Despite many counter-measures and filters, digital democracy continues to trouble authoritarian regimes
Guobin Yang
June 23, 2009

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How Important Is NASA's Earth Science Program That Trump Wants to Abolish?

Satellite data support infrastructure planning, agriculture and other industries
Brenda Ekwurzel
December 5, 2016

Japan Races to Become the Robot Capital of the World

China has the the highest total of robots, representing about 30 percent of market share
Alisa Yamasaki
November 11, 2016

Africa Unplugged

Low-cost solar power lets many access electricity, including charging smartphones and lighting homes
November 9, 2016

Internet of Things: Have We Bitten Off More Than We Can Chew?

More than 6 billion such devices are in use
Alyssa Newcomb and Jo Ling Kent
October 28, 2016

Why You Should Care About Yahoo Secretly Scanning Emails

Apathy over reports of secret surveillance could lead to decreased security
Amelia Tait
October 10, 2016

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