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.

Wiki-mania

Drawing more traffic than the websites of national newspapers, Wikipedia offers rich educational content – for free
Rory O'Connor
August 12, 2005

Camera Phones Lend Immediacy to Images of Disaster

Major news organizations publish amateur images of London's terrorist attacks
Yuki Noguchi
July 8, 2005

In China, Sophisticated Filters Keep the Internet Near Sterile

Online censorship curtails free browsing and political discussion
Tim Johnson
July 14, 2005

Invisible Earth

Google Earth shows in stark relief is how many parts of the world are still invisible to people in the United States
Annalee Newitz
August 31, 2005

Don't Mention Democracy, Microsoft Tells China Web Users

Microsoft's new Chinese internet portal has banned the words "democracy" and "freedom"
Mure Dickie
June 13, 2005