By John D. Sutter, CNN
I've noticed a bunch of tech stories lately about new "Silicon Valleys" popping up all over the world - from Central America to Russia to Africa. How great is that?
On one hand, dubbing a place the Silicon Valley of Wherever is a little irritating - in the same way universities calling themselves the "Harvard of the South" or websites saying they're the "next Twitter" is bothersome. Get your own identity.
But the fact that centers of tech innovation are emerging all over the globe - not just in that mountain-ringed, strip-mall-plagued valley near San Jose, California - is both encouraging and fascinating. Many of these emerging tech hubs are exporting technologies and ideas that could have have impact all over the world, not just in their respective regions. So who cares, really, if they need to piggyback on the innovative cache of Silicon Valley, California, to get some global attention?
Here's a quick look at five of these new innovation hubs, aggregated from recent news stories and interviews: FULL POST