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.

Firewalls to Freedom

Governments can manipulate the internet to limit free speech and dissent
Rebecca MacKinnon
March 9, 2009

China Clamps Down on Web News Discussion

The internet destabilizes Chinese politics
Mark Magnier
February 26, 2004

Online, the Armies Have No Borders

The internet can unite groups of like-minded people around the world, including terrorists
William J. Holstein
April 28, 2002

Gaza Conflict Plays Out Online Through Social Media

Warring factions can’t stop ad hoc reports, and so join them by pressing their cases on Twitter and YouTube
Corey Flintoff
January 15, 2009

Powering Africa's Future

African nations seek nuclear energy, though uranium fuel is both limited and dangerous
Vera Kwakofi
December 12, 2008