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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 is not the past that brings me here, it’s the future. Africa has just been plugged into (broadband宽带) and as the world wide web that grows and spreads across the continent ,It’s transforming (all that it touches).
The small town in (Abiriw) in Ghana is just one of the latest to be (hooked up) to the globle. I am travelling with (Sir Tim Berners-Lee), the man who invented the web. It’s 20 years since he made the breakthrough. And now they divide between the (“digital-haves” and “have-nots”) shrinking fast.
I think the web is about connecting humanity. Now we get the point that 20,25% of the world are using it and suddenly the question is that 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 to time 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 dose take root in africa as it has done in 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 defining the technological revolution of our lifetimes. Almost 2 billion of us are now on line. And in the 10 years that I have been studying the web and writing about it as a journalist, I have seen it take over the world and shake it apart. The web has created unimaginable wealth, yet encouraged millions to work for nothing. It’s challenged the authority, yet allowed (regimes) to spy and (censor) as never before. And it has been blamed for creating a generation of web addicts. It 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 help bring about this seemingly unstoppable leveling power, culture and values that has such an impact on all of our daily lives
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