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.

Dare Violate a Copyright in Hong Kong? A Boy Scout May Be Watching Online

Hong Kong authorities recruit teen watchdogs for internet music and video piracy
Keith Bradsher
July 24, 2006

In the Midst of War, Bloggers Are Talking Across the Front Line

Despite missiles falling, citizens of “enemy” countries pursue online dialogue
Sarah Ellison
August 3, 2006

Borders Fall for These Doctors

Outsourcing technology in radiology lowers costs and relieves overworked US doctors, but not without criticism
Arin Gencer
June 13, 2006

Why Keep Downloads on the Down-Low?

People are happy to pay for music and literature online, and excessive legal limits go against the democratic tenets of the internet
Victor Keegan
June 20, 2006

The Dirt Road to the Information Superhighway

Technology firms recognize that the developing world represents the market with the most potential for expansion
Jens Glüsing
June 15, 2006