Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wireless in Gaza

by David Tafuri

Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2010

I am in a van crossing into Ramallah with executives from America's largest Internet company. As we speed through the gate leading from Israel to the West Bank, we see the following message splashed in graffiti across the looming wall dividing the two areas: CTRL+ALT+DELETE.

It will take more than a couple of key strokes to reset the agenda for one of the world's most enduring conflicts. But when I accompanied some Google executives on a trip to Gaza and the West Bank this summer, I saw how the Web can have a positive impact there. Internet use is increasingly linking young Palestinians to economic opportunities and information, transcending borders and blockades.