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Netizens NetBook: On the History and Impact of the Net

This is a reformatted edition of Michael Hauben's and Ronda Hauben's on-line Netbook, Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet, hosted on the Columbia University website. This netbook presents the history and impact of various aspects of the Net: the Internet, ARPANET, Usenet, etc. We hope to provide information which will help readers to understand where the Net has come from so as to help preserve its value throughout future developments and changes.

Because the original text is only available in unformatted text files, post-production PDFs, and hard copies, the Bibliotheca Anonoma has taken up the task of restoring and converting this entire book into readable and parsable Markdown format, for better archival.


In continuation of the work of Michael Hauben (1973-2001)

  • Maintained on by Jay Hauben
  • Content Last Updated: Sun July 4, 2004

These articles are draft chapters from Michael Hauben's and Ronda Hauben's netbook titled "Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet." Commercial use is prohibited

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Part I - The Present: What Has Been Created and How?

  • Chapter 1 - The Net and the Netizens: The Effect the Net has on People's Lives
  • Chapter 2 - The Evolution of Usenet: The Poor Man's Arpanet
  • Chapter 3 - The Social Forces Behind The Development of Usenet
  • Chapter 4 - The World of Usenet

Part II - The Past: Where Has It All Come From?

  • Chapter 5 - The Vision of Interactive Computing and the Future
  • Chapter 6 - Cybernetics, Time-sharing, Human-Computer Symbiosis and On-line Communities: Creating a Supercommunity of On-line Communities
  • Chapter 7 - Behind the Net: Computer Science and the Untold Story of the ARPANET
  • Chapter 8 - The Birth and Development of the ARPANET
  • Chapter 9 - On the Early History and Impact of UNIX: Tools to Build the Tools for a New Millennium
  • Chapter 10 - On the Early Days of Usenet: The Roots of the Cooperative Online Culture

Part III - And the Future?

  • Chapter 11 - The NTIA Conference on the Future of the Net Creating a Prototype for a Democratic Decision Making Process
  • Chapter 12 - "Imminent Death of the Net Predicted!"
  • Chapter 13 - The Effect of the Net on the Professional News Media: The Usenet News Collective and Man-Computer News Symbiosis
  • Chapter 14 - The Net and the Future of Politics: The Ascendancy of the Commons
  • Chapter 15 - Exploring New York City's On-Line Community: A Snapshot of NYC.General

Part IV - Contributions Towards Developing a Theoretical Framework

  • Chapter 16 - The Expanding Commonwealth of Learning: Printing and the Net
  • Chapter 17 - `Arte': An Economic Perspective
  • Chapter 18 - The Computer as Democratizer




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