By now, the vision of our future in cyberspace is pretty familiar. From Al Gore and Newt Gingrich to Bill Gates and John Malone, dozens of academics, business leaders, and politicians have painted a detailed picture of the coming digital millennium. We'll work, shop, chat, educate, and amuse ourselves in a new online realm that will put every conceivable form of information--from a stock report to a digitized, interactive movie--instantly at our fingertips. Already, millions of people who collaborate across computer networks or log on to commercial online services or prowl the vast Internet are seeing a glimmer of how the vision will come to life.

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