: Ethan Zuckerman revels in a delicious nya-nya moment. He recalls the trouble he had raising funds for Geekcorps to take technology and connectivity to the developing world and now reads Business Week’s story about how the big growth in the technology is going to be in that same third world.
He predicts that big developments in technology will come from the developing world.
I also think that technology business and education could be our best opportunities for bringing peace and prosperity to the hostile third word — namely, the Middle East. Look at Eastern Europe: as soon as it opened up, we saw great programmers emerging from Russia, Poland, Hungary. Look at India, which has become a world leader in technology and related industries. We should be bringing technical education to Iraq (I’m not suggesting the same for Afghanistan… yet) for jobs and industry and codependency and meaningful relations will follow.
The new universal language of industry, prosperity, education, and diplomacy: C++.