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Intel chairman Craig Barrett is quite enthusiastic about public-private partnerships for technology transfer in the European Union. The subject is one of five at the EU's OPEN DAYS European Week of Cities and Regions, which closes tomorrow. A few thoughts from Barrett's interview in

  • The EU's new member states are more interested in public-private partnerships (PPPs) than the old ones, since they're eager to catch up on technology.
  • The intersection of universities, business and venture capitalists drives innovation and competitiveness, and Europe must leverage it to prevent brain drain to the US and Japan.
  • The internet is only really important for human capital development if there is rich content in the local language.

Intel supports the formation of a new EU spectrum authority to coordinate radio frequency allocations across member states to guarantee service compatibility and provide predictability for Intel and other companies. Barrett thinks Viviane Reding and Luciano Caveri are on the right track.

Several more PPP-related interviews where that came from to tickle your fancy.

Update: Also, a World Bank policy note on PPP units that help governments cope in the age of public-private partnerships.

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Dan Kahn
October 11, 2006

That third comment about "rich local content" seems odd coming from a tech company as well as demonstrably false.

In Latin America for example, IT departments within banks use mainly Microsoft products for programming and most programmers use english language texts throughtout their education process.

If you speak Czech as your first language, then I'm sorry, but you have a much better shot to take advantage of the internet by learning english as opposed to waiting for every site to be translated into the less-spoken languages in the world.


PS: when does the Bantu language version of PSDBlog get released? Before or after the Spanish language version?

Michael Saunby
October 12, 2006

Maybe it shouldn't be "rich content in the local language", but rich contant that is localy framed.

By that I mean that most people have more use for local news than global news, for local prices, local weather, local gossip, etc. The Internet can deliver this, but the big players (World Bank?) on the Internet don't do local very well yet.