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If you’re still thinking about individual sectors and assets, you’re probably not thinking broadly enough about infrastructure.

In today’s technological, economic and social environment, the lines are rapidly blurring. Citizens no longer view infrastructure simply as a way to survive, but rather as a way to connect – to people, machines, ideas, government services and infrastructure. If you’re not thinking in terms of connectivity, it’s probably time to shift your perspective.

In this edition, we explore the opportunities and challenges of delivering greater global and regional connectivity projects; the efforts to connect NGOs and multilateral institutions to infrastructure investment needs; protecting cities and interconnected infrastructure assets from cybercriminals on the dark web; Asia’s massive regional initiatives; we even offer a futuristic view of what it might take to connect to a Mars colony.

While it might sometimes feel like political forces are moving against connectivity, this publication takes a decidedly optimistic view. “Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation pulling it together. And that is our collective connectivity,” Parag Khanna proclaims in one of our articles. This edition of Insight Magazine helps to explain why.