America has a grand opportunity to lay the foundations for a prosperous and secure future. Our task is not just reviving the weak economy or increasing security -- as important as those are. Real sustainable economic growth and international security will come from expanding the information revolution to all parts of our society. Metcalfe's Law states that the value of a network increases exponentially in relation to the number of users. The same is true for markets and economic activity. By leaving some behind -- both at home and around the world, we impoverish not only those individuals; we also impoverish ourselves. This paper lays out a series of recommendations in a number of areas from a number of experts. It is based on some shared principles:
- the critical importance of inclusion and true participation by all;
- technology is, and should be, a tool -- the means to an end, not the end itself;
- open and competitive economic systems work best;
- and a more economically prosperous world is a more secure world.