The Next Generation Internet: Where Technologies Converge and Policies Collide

  • Michael R. Nelson
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 43)


It is clear today that the Internet Revolution is less than five percent complete. It does not matter how you measure the impact of the Internet. The total number of people in the world who use the Internet on a regular basis is still only about five percent of the world’s population. Normal people don’t spend more than five percent of their time online.


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  1. Many of the issues discussed in this paper were explored in more detail at a conference on policies for the Next Generation Internet held in Brussels on September 16–17, 1999, and at a subsequent conference on “Security, Privacy, and Reliability of the Next Generation Internet” organized by the Global Internet Project in Berlin and held on November 6–7,2000. Information on both conferences is available at
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    Brin, David. 1999. The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose between Privacy and Freedom? Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing.Google Scholar
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    Committee on the Internet in the Evolving Information Infrastructure; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications; National Research Council. 2001. Internet’s Coming of Age Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.>.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael R. Nelson
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  1. 1.Internet Technology and StrategyIBM CorporationUSA

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