How to make cyberspace work in the grassroots

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How to make cyberspace work in the grassroots

Let’s have no limit to our Fourth Industrial Revolution dreams, but let’s make sure nobody gets left behind

Mark Barnes

I attended the recent @4IRSA Digital Economy Summit last week. The language of such 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution) conferences is littered with words and phrases for the next generation, understood by the current generation, and explained by the older generation.

George Friedman is founder of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication that “analyses and forecasts the course of global events”, no less. He invited us to consider a dual strategy of not forgetting to pick ourselves up by our bootstraps, while we nonetheless reach such lofty peaks as Artificial Intelligence, if indeed it exists.

We don’t like it when people from so-called first world countries patronise our ambitions, but he’s right. We can’t start playing in cyberspace until the fundamentals of a robust economy are in place. If we were to embrace @4IRSA without solving economic inequality, it would only further entrench it...

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