The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

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Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The downturn and lags in usage take a heavy toll on countries in the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2009 e-readiness rankings

Seoul (Korea Newswire) June 17, 2009 03:05 PM -- A sharp deterioration in business environments owing to the economic crisis has taken a toll on countries' e-readiness their ability to harness ICT for social and economic development. The Economist Intelligence Unit maintains that a stable and transparent business environment is essential to fostering development and utilisation of digital technologies and services. Over the past year, however, the crisis has constricted availability of credit, led governments to entertain protectionist measures including in the technology sector and dampened foreign investment and support for private enterprise. All 70 countries in the e-readiness rankings have seen their business environment scores drop in 2009 an important reason why all but nine countries registered lower overall e-readiness scores this year compared with 2008.

Scores also fell, however, because this year’s rankings now cover ICT usage in addition to availability. The availability of technology is not enough to deliver the full socioeconomic benefit to countries that ICT can provide. For this, digital technologies must be used, and used effectively. Tracking actual ICT use is a tricky endeavour, but we have introduced several new indicators this year which compare countries on the extent to which their businesses and individuals use online channels. Since technology usage tends to lag availability, countries’ e-readiness scores have declined further.

These and other factors have also led to changes in the rankings table. Denmark has reclaimed global e-readiness leadership, a position it relinquished to the US last year. Other north European countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway having, among other attributes, high levels of ICT usage have reaffirmed their places among the top ten e-readiness countries or, in the case of Norway, advanced into this tier. Meanwhile, the US and UK, whose business environments have been hit particularly hard in the past year, have fallen a few rungs.

“The results of this year's research underscore the fact that digital development does not take place in a vacuum,” says Robin Bew, Editorial Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Tough economic conditions can constrain the drivers of technology adoption and use. Policymakers can help maintain the momentum of digital advancement, but above all they should refrain from introducing protectionist measures, which will only make matters worse.”

Since 2000, the Economist Intelligence Unit has published an annual e-readiness ranking of the world’s largest economies, using a model developed in co-operation with the IBM Institute for Business Value. A country’s “e-readiness” is a measure of its e-business environment, a collection of factors that indicate how amenable a market is to Internet-based opportunities. Increasingly, it is also about how individuals and businesses consume digital goods and services.

Other major findings from this year's study are highlighted below:

  • Emerging markets continue to rack up big advances in connectivity, or the extent to which people are connected to communications networks. Progress in the “connectivity and technology infrastructure” category of indicators is particularly notable in the Middle East and Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. But there remains a large gap between these and mature markets, which may have a negative knock-on effect on the usage scores of less well-connected countries.

  • Government ICT strategy in emerging markets is bearing fruit. Most nations are making progress in implementing e-government programmes; a few developing countries keep pace and even outperform the e-readiness leaders in some areas. The governments of Mexico, Jordan and Vietnam, for example, have made substantial progress in recent years in making digital channels available to citizens for information provision and consultation (“e-participation”).

  • ICT development may benefit from the recession. Many countries' economic stimulus packages designed to hasten recovery notably in rich-world countries hardest hit by recession, such as the US have big ICT infrastructure projects wrapped up in them. But generally, all new stimulus-driven infrastructure spending, including on railways, power plants and other projects incorporates a lot of ICT.

  • Policy concerns exist on the near and longer horizons. Protectionism risks are growing in the global economy, and measures are afoot in some countries China, for example to increase protection of local ICT industries. Some stimulus programmes may also have a protectionist sting in their tail. Policymakers remain concerned that ICT providers are not doing enough to ensure the privacy and integrity of customer data. Finally, there is mounting concern about the environmental impact of digital devices and networks.

News Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

Economist Intelligence Unit e-readiness rankings 2009
Top 10 with 2008 position in brackets

  1. Denmark (5)
  2. Sweden (3)
  3. Netherlands (7)
  4. Norway (11)
  5. United States (1)
  6. Australia (4)
  7. Singapore (6)
  8. Hong Kong (2)
  9. Canada (12)
  10. Finland (13)