Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

U2 frontman says digital revolution is 'key to poverty fight'

He is a global music icon and high-profile technology investor, so it is no surprise that Bono believes technology can "change the world" for the better.

In an interview, the U2 frontman said tech has already changed the developing world "in ways we couldn't have imagined" and will continue to do so.

"The tech that's been delivered has been staggering," he said.

"For example, a complex 15-drug Aids regimen compressed into one pill a day [now saving 8m lives], the insecticide-treated bed net cut malaria deaths by half in eight African countries in the last three years, kids' vaccinations, the internet, and spread of information - a deadly combination for dictators, for corruption.

"There is no silver bullet to ending poverty and disease, no magic technology ... [but] technology provides the means [to do it]," he added.

Bono has reputedly made a fortune through his private equity firm's investment in Facebook, but he is clearly more concerned with using technology for the wider good, especially in developing countries and combating extreme poverty. "Technology has already helped tackle the extreme poverty in Africa of living on less than $1.25 [78p] a day," the multi-millionaire singer (left) said.

"The digital revolution that we are living through, the rapid advances in health and agri-technology, these things have become core weapons in [fighting extreme poverty]."