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The Potential Downside of the
National Information Infrastructure

by Annenberg Senior Fellow
Stephen Bates

Contents

Introduction
Days of Future Past
Technological Utopias, Then and Now
Community's Demise
Access and Equality
Technologies of Freedom?
Winners and Losers in Industry
Politics and Citizenship
The Wired Workplace
Conclusion
Conference Speakers

About the Author
Stephen Bates is an Annenberg Senior Fellow. He has written three books about communications, If No News, Send Rumors (1989), The Media and the Congress (editor) (1987), and The Spot: The Rise of Political Advertising on Television (with Edwin Diamond) (1984; revised eds., 1988, 1992). His articles about the Internet have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. A former fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, he holds an A.B. and a J.D. from Harvard University.

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Recommended Citation
Stephen Bates, The Potential Downside of the National Information Infrastructure (Washington, D.C.: The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University, 1995).

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University.

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