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.

IT Mergers Have Feds Flailing Against Tech Globalization

US military depends on a global IT network, making security a costly endeavor
J. Nicholas Hoover
April 4, 2006

Low Costs, Plentiful Talent Make China a Global Magnet for R&D

Low-cost engineers open the door to high profits for foreign multinationals
Kathy Chen
March 14, 2006

Connecting Developing Nations

Cell phone companies give the developing world a technology boost
Eric Sylvers
February 20, 2006

China Creates Own Net Domains

Chinese internet domain raises a new wall segregating web users from the rest of the world
Hiawatha Bray
March 6, 2006

The Basics: How to Outwit the World’s Internet Censors

It is possible to stay one step ahead of the Chinese government
Tom Zeller Jr.
February 1, 2006