Developing world
Dr Paul Twomey, president of the internet admin body Icann, talks about the net’s potential for change.

“The mobile global internet is growing quickly to connect billions of people, devices and things. It offers much greater productivity and lower barriers to entry for users and businesses.

In my travels I see “suits” in Manhattan, shop owners in Hyderabad, tour guides in Luxor, students in Santiago del Chile, Aboriginal artists in Alice Springs, fisherman in Hoi An; all glued to their handsets and the net.

This empowerment of individuals, especially in the developing world, is transforming social, economic, and political relationships.

At a time of financial crisis, when all are calling for transparency and good governance, the internet economy’s feedback loops should be grasped, transforming the way we think of currency and accuracy of information and to change how we develop policy and make decisions.”

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