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.

Ogre to Slay? Outsource it to Chinese

Virtual gold means real-life dollars
David Barboza
December 9, 2005

A Party Girl Leads China’s Online Revolution

China’s popular bloggers challenge online censors
Howard W. French
November 25, 2005

Other Nations Hope to Loosen U.S. Grip on Internet

UN Summit hopes to remove American spider from World Wide Web
Victoria Shannon
November 15, 2005

India Concern to Design IBM Chips

An agreement with I.B.M. heralds the rise of higher value outsourcing in India
Saritha Rai
November 21, 2005

Top Advisory Panel Warns of an Erosion of the U.S. Competitive Edge in Science

What does the US need to do to retain its competitive edge in science?
William J. Broad
October 13, 2005