Editor’s note: A world without computers

It is all too easy to assume that technology is ubiquitous. Yet I have only to visit my parents to return to a world happily devoid of computers and broadband. This is largely through choice and makes very little difference to their lives.

For much of the developing world, where access to IT would have a huge impact on education and the chance to do business, there is no such choice. It makes this week’s debates at ITU Telecom’s “Living the Digital World” event in Hong Kong all the more pressing.

We examine accessibility to IT on Page 6 of this issue, and look at another topic being discussed at the ITU event this week – who controls the internet – on Page 4.

This is the last Digital Business of 2006. The next issue, on January 24 will explore the business implications of the virtual world, Second Life.

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