Ashton Kutcher to outsource building Russia’s Silicon Valley to his Twitter fansBy AP
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Kutcher to Twitter fans during Russian visit
MOSCOW — Hollywood actor and Web-savvy activist Ashton Kutcher says he will “crowd source” questions about the Kremlin’s push to develop a Russian Silicon Valley to his 4.5 million Twitter fans.
The actor is part of a U.S. delegation of technology and social media leaders that arrived in Moscow as part of White House efforts to improve ties with Russia.
Kutcher told reporters here Thursday that he will “translate the Russian voice to an American audience” and seek advice on Russia’s efforts to build its own high-tech center.
The Kremlin announced recently it would develop its own Silicon Valley to help modernize Russia’s economy, which is highly dependent on energy exports.
During the weeklong visit, the delegation will urge the Russian government, businessmen and students to utilize social media and innovative technologies to tackle problems like human trafficking and corruption.
The visit is part of an effort strengthen ties between the United States and Russia after years of strained relations.
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