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Net Geners Come of Age

A new generation of Americans that has grown up digital are poised to make history on Election Day, if the polls are right

(Editor's Note: This is the first in an eight-part series of Viewpoints by author Don Tapscott, who will draw on the $4 million research project that inspired his new book, Grown Up Digital, to explain how digital technology has affected the children of the baby boomers, a group he calls the Net Generation.)

The Nov. 4 election will be a spectacular display of the power of a new generation of Americans. I call them the Net Generation because they're the first to grow up digital, and in this election year they've shown that their revolutionary model of working collaboratively online can topple powerful leaders and, if the polls are right, even make history.