"The future's already happened, it's just unequally distributed."
- William Gibson
"My name is Vincent Mbahawa Chefor. I am 23. I am a student in the English Language Department of the University of Bangui, Central African Republic ... I have been able to set an outline for my project "An Inquiry into the South African Post Apartheid Reconciliation Process from 1990 to 2000" thanks to some of your online articles." Personal communication to CSVR Executive Director, Graeme Simpson, 8 January 2001.
"... we are also extremely interested to ensure that we are not mere importers and consumers of a predetermined content. Rather, we also want to be producers and exporters and therefore active and significant participants in the creation, production and formulation of content ... ." Mbeki, 1995.
"Global power structures are fast changing from a north-south split, to a centre-periphery arrangement of power, with power centres concentrated in the resource-rich north, but distributed also across the major cities of the south. The major urban power centres of the developing world are places where a middle class young person, whether Kenyan or Malaysian, may be indistinguishable from his New York brethren - wearing Nikes, clutching a cellphone and speaking in techno-babble. On the periphery in contrast, society continues to operate as it has for centuries, separated from the power centres by the seemingly impenetrable barriers of education, finance and access." Henderson, 1998, p. 25.
"Underdeveloped countries have the ability to leapfrog old technologies. India installs nationwide cellular and doesn't need an inch of copper wire. I think it will turn out that Europe and America were test runs of technologies that will be far better implemented in the Southern hemisphere." 
"In developing nations you have three advantages; the east/west, north/south divide between the information-rich and information-poor is bound to shrink. Intervention is required, but I have plenty of optimism that this will happen much sooner than people think. I believe this for three reasons.
Firstly, you don't need a chain of industrial steps like building blocks to import cement, to build roads, to make factories, to deliver primary materials - the world of bits needs little more than ether. Secondly, the telecommunications infrastructures of developing countries will evolve without the baggage of history - what ought to be digital will be, what ought to be fibre will be, what ought to be wireless will be - because it will all be new. Lastly the populations of these countries are very young and it is the young who gravitate so easily to this new world, almost as if it were in their genes." 
"Failure to make connections feasible for all could conceivably result in a dangerous situation in which only a critical mass of developing countries would upgrade to the global information economy; as soon as enough countries had done so to allow the North to generate the economies of scale and scope it expects, the rest of the developing world might be left to fend for itself, possibly worsening further the political climate in those countries." Lanvin, 1995, p. 209.
"Without seeking in any way to evolve an apocalyptic vision, we must contend with the nightmare that could derive from the consequent rebellion of the poor against the rich on a global scale."
"Where technology is at work, where it generates wealth it will grow, change, flourish and benefit its owners. Where technology is passive, where it is tuned just to receive its presence will be blank. It will not set anyone free, this is the new apartheid. Apartheid not just between white and black and the rich and poor but also between those that seize technology and those that it ignores." Visions of Heaven and Hell: The Virtual Wasteland, video.
"Electronic high-tech industry apparently requires a benign human environment, less restrictive social legislation, and less militant labor unions. But these are less requirements than demands ... of the uppermiddle class to work free from the intrusion of the poor and disadvantaged." Carey, p. 117.