Archive for September, 2005
Take a look at Google Suggest. Watch the way the suggested terms update as you type, almost instantly. Now look at Google Maps. Zoom in. Use your cursor to grab the map and scroll around a bit. Again, everything happens almost instantly, with no waiting for pages to reload.
“The continued growth and influence of global civil society face two fundamental problems: increasing monopolization of global information and communication by transnational corporations; and the increasing disparities between the world’s info-rich and info-poor populations. Global computer networking makes an electric “end-run” around the first problem and provides an appropriate technological solution to overcome the second.”
– Howard Frederick: Computer Networks and the Emergence of the Global Civil Society.