increased citizen participation in government and increased flow of information. Finally, Internet “diffusion” or paths of impacts are discussed and relevant questions are posed.

This report is intended to stimulate discussion on the impacts of the Internet. It is recognized that much study is yet to be done. Based on the committee's findings, some areas for further research should include issues of causality, country-specific case studies of Internet use and diffusion, impacts of nonuse of the Internet, institutional use and diffusion of the Internet, and public policy and Internet use.

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