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Tech Can Help World's Problems, Ex-President Clinton Says


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William Jefferson Clinton

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says that technology companies can play a significant role in solving the world's most difficult challenges if they apply their innovative thinking to problems such as climate change and healthcare. Clinton says the technology community is well-suited to addressing questions about climate change, hunger, AIDS, and other problems.

Technology groups could help bring electricity and technology to remote locations and clinics, or help the United States find new ways to provide healthcare without continuing to increase costs, Clinton says. Technology also could help raise the standard of living in countries such as Puerto Rico by creating new energy sources, and technology and government leaders could collaborate to find innovative ways of dealing with massive, overflowing landfills in India and poverty in Haiti.

World Bank Group director of global information and communications Mohsen Khalil says technology does not necessarily create innovation itself, but it can be a platform for new ideas. "Innovation for developing countries is not a question of technology or invention," Khalil says. "Innovation is a matter of change in process, in developing new solutions and transformation of ideas."

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