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.

India Needs a Sputnik Moment

To compete globally, India must jolt education and spur innovation
David J. Karl
March 4, 2011

Can the Internet Tame Governments? – Part II

China’s fast-expanding internet and media development pose new challenges to authoritarian party rule
Borje Ljunggren
February 11, 2011

We Have Your Number

India gives unique identity number to citizens to include them in the economy
Nandan Nilekani
January 21, 2011

The Post-WikiLeaks World – Part II

Governments and corporations discover that spur-of-the-moment online protests are just a click away
Rebecca Wexler
December 17, 2010

Online Technology Challenges Censors – Part II

Popular Kindle and other ebook readers can store forbidden books and foil censors
Bruce Judson
October 25, 2010

Online Technology Challenges Censors – Part I

China risks destabilization and its reputation by censoring growing ranks of internet users
Johan Lagerkvist
October 22, 2010