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.

Muslims Craft Their Own Video Games

With new video games, Syrian firm creates “good guy role” for Muslims and Arabs
Rhonda Roumani
June 7, 2006

India’s Secret Weapon

Innovative countries have good reason to protect intellectual property
Richard Wilder
May 25, 2006

An Age-Old Salt Lake May Yield a Washday Miracle

A Kenyan lake yields scientific wealth – and a debate about who should profit from it
Marc Lacey
February 21, 2006

Google in China: The Big Disconnect

Google hopes that its internet system – even one that’s not totally free – can lead to a better society
Clive Thompson
May 11, 2006

China and the Break-Up of the Net

China edges closer to creating an exclusive internet
Michael Geist
March 30, 2006