Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Rebooting Baghdad


America’s finest nerds recently went to Iraq courtesy of the State Department to see what, if anything could be done to push Iraq from a failed state to something a little closer to a startup culture. Results were mixed. People in Iraq have been oppressed for 60-odd years, have no real tradition of free enterprise, and at any rate have just been through hell, so enthusiasm for open-source and blogging in unsurprisingly tempered. But in a bid for what wonks apparently call “21st century statecraft,” Silicon Valley is doing its best to lend a helping hand.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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