Kara Swisher

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This Year — Actually, Today — in Israel

I have always meant to travel to Israel to visit its vibrant and energetic tech scene, sometimes dubbed Silicon Wadi. Happily, that will be happening when I take off this afternoon to visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

I am headed there to speak at an Israeli blog conference, called Blogo, which is being run by Saloona, the country’s women’s Web magazine, on the topic of the changes to media in the Internet age. (Though I suspect, given the fervor here, all I will be getting will be questions about new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.)

While there, I am going to see a wide range of entrepreneurs and start-ups, which are too numerous to mention and which I am very excited to see.

Plus: It’s always a good idea to get out of the echo chamber of Silicon Valley — whether one finds it profoundly deluded or the spit-shiniest place ever (IMHO, it’s both) — and see the wider world. (Although the last time I took a big international trip, to Asia, it was a little dicey for me.)

Of course, while I’m there, I will be doing numerous reports for the site on the state of tech in Israel, so watch for them.

Until then, here is a really interesting report by “60 Minutes” on the thriving scene in Tel Aviv, including a chunk about the digital doings there:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik