The Wabash Way
“I think of the Internet as this thing that is full of wonder and opportunity. I want my kids to be able to interact in a world where there’s a free exchange of ideas.”—Patrick Jones ’96 ICANN hopes to increase choice and competition in the marketplace, open opportunities for investment, and increase the number of online cultural, geographic, and linguistic communities. “Because the Internet is global and everybody uses it, so many diverse interests rely on it to share information. It’s not something that can be government driven.” Jones speaks passionately about the work. “I’m very fortunate in that I can do what I love, do something that I feel has a higher purpose,” he said. “This
is more of a life we lead because we want things to be better. “I have two young kids. I want them to be able to interact in a world where there’s a free exchange of ideas. “My three-year-old’s favorite song is [the Beatles’] ‘Yellow Submarine.’” Jones sang the chorus—“We all live in a yellow submarine.
“I think of the Internet as that yellow submarine, this thing that is full of wonder and opportunity. For them, it’s just there, but in reality it’s only there because people work hard and work together.”
Jones feels glad and called to be one of those people. “I get to work with others from different cultures, see the world through a new lens. Each time you go to a new place, it changes you. The experiences I’ve had reinforce the beauty of a liberal arts education, because I feel like I’m open and just taking the world as it comes, applying what I learn to the work I do, and living a fascinating life.”
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