The irony is that political sources suggest that technology is "progressing", but these fail to recognize that the entire world's financial and legal transactions per day are now fewer than the performance of even a modest large computer.... and the REAL issue is agreeing on an international model for a multinational metadata ontology that all nation states use similar digital certificate and such technologies to ingerate their citizenship in to a wider arrangemetn that we come to 6 billion users in a global computing /citizenship architecture.
As it stands, the USA is the primary blocker, as sharing computing rights is the same as sharing property rights and american apartheid cannot have this with the poor world... better they are and stay disenfranchised like the 1/3 of americans born in to porverty within american borders.
Its not about technology.. no not at all. Its about the bush family evil empire and global repression. We technologists are but lackeys.
With but a single computer, i could give every citizen on earth a bank account, property rights, state social security and voting rights... but that is wayyyyyyy beyond innovation as the neocons see it... best we keep the world at bay until they become christian.
God love the sweetie technologists, but they are no longer a dependent variable. It is the evil hearts of men, as always.