Already involved daily as we are with the smartphone, YouTube, WiFi, Siri, Wikipedia and other advances propitiated by the internet and the advent of the digital era, we are not truly aware of these advances if we are not able to go outside and contemplate them in perspective.
For that, nothing like taking a look at the world, usually developing countries, and observing how the first pieces of the internet that have arrived there have produced facts and news that seem like science fiction. Reflecting ourselves in the mirror of those facts, we may come to better assimilate everything we have progressed in just a decade. They are the following, all extracted from the book The digital future, of Eric Schmidt Y Jared Cohen:
- In Afghanistan, a whole town rebelled against the Taliban when the extremist group tried to steal their mobile phones.
- In Kenya, the Masai nomads of Loodariak they live without electricity or running water in their homes, but they carry mobile devices to pay for what they buy in the market next to their swords.
- In North Korea, you can be punished for getting contraband phones and tablets, but still citizens make dangerous trips to the Chinese border to capture the WiFi signal. The punishment can be, in some cases, death, and even the next three generations of the one who committed the crime can receive punishment. But it's the same, because internet is worth it.
- In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, citizens use their phones to share notices of crimes or other problems on the street on social media, and thus manage to sneak out corrupt police.
- A doctor and an engineer used Skype to warn Libyan rebels about the minimum firing distance of Grad rocket launchers while the rebels were under attack.
- In Benghazi, a person managed to establish an ad hoc satellite internet link to connect nine live webcams for their Libya Alhurra television channel.
- In Pakistan, a group of women who were attacked with acid they have managed to work through the internet, because in that environment their terrible physical scars are invisible and should not suffer any social stigma for it.
- In India, there are more mobile owners than latrines. In the United States, there are more than toothbrushes.
- In Myanmar, a country where only one in every 100 citizens is connected, however 100% have heard of the internet.