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[文化博览] 【整理】2010-09-10 虚拟革命 GreatLevelling-1

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Africa, the birthplace of mankind. But it’s not the past that brings me here, it’s the future. Africa has just been plugged into broadband. And as the worldwide web grows and spreads across the continent, it’s transforming all that it touches.The small town of * is just one of the latest to be hooked up to the globe. I’m traveling with *Lee, the man who invented the web. It’s 20 years since he made this breakthrough. And now the divide between the *“digital-haves” and *“have-nots” is shrinking fast. “I think the web is about connecting humanity. Now we got the point that 20, 25% of the world are using it, then certainly-suddenly the question is what about the *other 80%?” This community center may not look like much, but it’s the new * frontier of this virtual revolution.
“It was a little bit like* going back in time to when people first came across the web. We wouldn’t, in the early days ,have been anything like, it’s *presumptuous, as we say how can we make sure this gets to the furthest reaches of rural Africa.”

But what exactly is it that we’ve created over the last 20 years. What does it mean? Is our wired digital world a blessing or a *curse?
If the web does take root in Africa as it has done elsewhere, then this will be the next continent to be reshaped by the digital revolution. But how has the web affected us in the 20 years since it was created? And what does that mean for the future of the people here and the majority of the world who aren’t yet connected.

The web is the defining technological revolution of our lifetimes. Almost two billion of us are now online. And in the ten years that I’ve been studying the web and writing about it as a journalist, I’ve seen it take our world and shake it apart. The web has created unimaginable wealth, getting encouraged millions to work for nothing. It’s challenged authority, yet allowed *regimes to spy and sensor as never before. And it’s been blamed for creating a generation of web addicts, yet opened up new realms of knowledge. In this series, I will be meeting all the pioneers and key players, everybody from Google to  Facebook, Twitter to Amazon, the people who’ve helped bring about this seemingly unstoppable leveling of power, culture and values,that have such an impact on our daily lives.
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