Interlaced economies and silicon-based ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) have combined to produce much of what we understand as “globalization.” ICT exist because clever and innovative people figure out how to harness nature’s principles and put them to work. They invent. The inventors may be individuals or small research groups, or they may be employees of corporations or universities. In any event, what they invent creates value, value which their employers or they themselves wish to own and control.
Howard C. Anawalt,
Intellectual Property and Social Needs in a Networked World
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