PERSONAL REFLECTION ON THE MIRACLE OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE GIFT OF UBIQUITY
New York, May 12, 2013
I am coming to the end of a fascinating one-month visit to North America (U.S.A. and Canada).
Earlier this week I was still in Washington D.C. for a series of meetings with U.S. leaders from Congress, the White House and the State Department, conferences at the Wilson Center and the Foreign Service Institute, press interviews with AFP, VOA and RFA and meetings with the IRI, the NDI, U.S. lawyers and the Cambodian community.
Though I was almost 20,000 kilometers away from my home country I felt that I had never been so close to Cambodia and the Khmer people. Between meetings at Congress and the State Department, I was able to participate live by teleconference in a meeting of 2,000 villagers at Bati district in Takeo province in the heart of Cambodia. Then, between a conference at the Wilson Center and an interview with VOA, I produced and posted a video clip on my Facebook page where my message to Cambodian civil servants and workers about their salaries was viewed by more than 170,000 people living in Cambodia in the space of 48 hours. Please look at https://www.facebook.com/rainsy.sam.5
Such close contact with so many Cambodians in such a short time would not have been possible only a few years ago.
The miracle of technology gives us the gift of ubiquity.