He says he does not believe a 14-year-old would be able to create something like Facebook but thinks that when people get older and gain more skills, they will benefit from what they have learned.

Technology has “given me everything I have right now,” Brusilovsky adds. “My entire career has been technology-focused, and I have been very fortunate to (A) live in Silicon Valley and be in the center of where innovation is happening, and (B) be surrounded by so many smart people and be able to learn from them.”

Sean Casto, a senior at Northeastern University, says he does not use Facebook or Twitter because they distract him from productive work: “I have been able to use technology to find innovative ways to make life easier and provide useful and fun information to others.”

Casto has developed multiple websites under the name Top Played, including TopPlayedGames.com, TopPlayedVideos.com, and TopPlayedSongs.com.

Additionally, Casto has developed two iPhone applications. His more recent app was created specifically for Northeastern students and provides menus for each of the dining halls on campus.

Reaching out

Still, Badshah says, there are many kids—more than 9 million in this country—who still have no access to technology.

Failure to address that disparity, he says, may cause those who have no access or less access to be completely shut out of the global economy.

“We are still not fully garnering the opportunity that is there to bridge that divide and provide these young people all the tools that they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.”