IN 1998, The Rand Corporation, an American global policy think tank, published a paper on the parallels between the Printing Revolution and the Information Age from which emerged the digital revolution.1 The comparison was a reasonable one: both revolutions saw the democratisation of knowledge, facilitated by the mass production and distribution of information at a lower cost to the public; and both prompted social and scientific progress that would otherwise have been unimaginable. The paper also predicted the implications of the Information Age to be as profound as those of the Printing Revolution, warning of a “dark side” to this ...
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