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.

Viruses, Security Issues Undermine Internet

Is the internet too porous to continue in its present form?
Ariana Eunjung Cha
June 27, 2005

A Revolution in American Nuclear Policy

Though the "nuclear option" has fizzled, a more pressing alternative has emerged: "global strike"
Jonathan Schell
May 27, 2005

Hacker Hunters

As professional hackers span the globe, an elite force takes on the dark side of computing
Brian Grow
May 20, 2005

China Goes Undercover to Sway Opinion on the Internet

Chinese cities hire online commentators to strengthen the government's ideological influence
May 23, 2005

The World in the iPod

Does globalization work to everyone's benefit – or is the world economy about to roll over America?
Andrew Leonard
June 8, 2005