Dan Gillmor’s conversation with conversation with Yossi Vardi, Israel’s most famous technologist. Vardi created ICQ. He says: “For something to provide a wonderful user experience, you need a touch of . A great user experience has to do with some kind of rarity or uniqueness.”
From another report by Gillmor on Jordan:
Jordanian leaders want to embed technology into the fabric of education and the economy, to help provide essential skills and tools to the emerging generation of adults in a nation where the majority of people are under the age of 18.
The ambitious goals include wiring up every school and university in Jordan with true broadband Internet access. By the end of 2004, leaders hope to have spurred the creation of 30,000 new jobs, $150 million in new foreign direct investment and annual technology exports of $550 million. This might sound modest elsewhere, but for a nation with a per capita annual income of under $2,000, it would be an impressive achievement.
This is the kind of vision emerging markets need – how to get a computer on every desktop and in every home. This investment and enablement via technology is, according to me, the primary requirement for progress.