i think the growth rate will slow down a bit in places like pakistan, but at the same time the internet infrastrcuture and access devices are getting so cheap there is really no reason why most of the world (or more than two thirds of it, at least) shouldn't get on line within the next five or ten years.
The big thing is that we just don't have any idea what the internet will look like in these countries. Different cultures will breed different types of community, that's for sure.
And the bigger thing is: no one is even thinking about this stuff in this country. It's all twitter this and google that. Talk about twittering while rome burns.
Really interesting points. Re: the growth rates in Pakistan and Vietnam... is there reason to believe it won't hit a peak in these countries and then slow down as it has in the U.S.? Do you think these countries will be as great a threat to the United States' ability to maintain any sort of authority online as China is?
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