As the world increasingly adopts digital technologies and habits, improving the framework for information flows is essential to preserve the ability of innovators and entrepreneurs everywhere to participate effectively in the global marketplace of the 21st Century.
Two lessons politicos should learn from the new time zone: 1) Watch the conversation in real time. 2) Though political fortunes can turn sour faster than ever before, just as quickly they can turn positive.
In the same week that Republican senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina launched an attack site against party rival "Taxin' Tom" Campbell, Democrats put her squarely in their crosshairs with an online hit-job of their own.
The Web is flat. Online, using social media, we've become each others' witnesses -- both in spreading the news of the Haitian earthquake and in responding to the tremendous need. And also in accounting for 4,000 Americans still missing.
During my short stint as head of digital communications for the Prime Minister, there wasn't a lack of will to try new ways of directly interacting with the citizens of the UK, but it didn't necessarily lead to a higher quality of debate or better outcomes.
Internet Obama supporters are no saints. But Campaign 2008, to them, means something more than an outlet for the anger they've been swallowing for the past eight years. Their emails ring like testimonies at an interfaith revival meeting.