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Frank,

The ordinary people you seek may have lots to offer as well but the stakeholders for this report are just a sample of 'engaged' people who would be expected to have more than just casual experience with the medium.  It's clearly not the full story but does offer a useful glimpse I think.

Joe

The surveys are conducted  
through online questionnaires to which a selected group of experts and the highly engaged  
Internet public have been invited to respond.

Experts were located in two ways. First, several thousand were identified in an extensive canvassing  
of  scholarly,  government,  and  business  documents  from  the  period  1990‐1995  to  see  who  had  
ventured predictions about the future impact of the Internet. Several hundred of them participated  
in  the  first  three  surveys  conducted  by  Pew  Internet  and  Elon  University,  and  they  were  
recontacted  for  this  survey.  Second,  expert  participants  were  hand‐picked  due  to  their  positions  as  
stakeholders in the development of the Internet.  
Here are some of the respondents: Clay Shirky, Esther Dyson, Doc Searls, Nicholas Carr, Susan  
Crawford, David Clark, Jamais Cascio, Peter Norvig, Craig Newmark, Hal Varian, Howard Rheingold,  
Andreas Kluth, Jeff Jarvis, Andy Oram, David Sifry, Marc Rotenberg, John Pike, Andrew Nachison,  
Anthony Townsend, Ethan Zuckerman, Stephen Downes, Rebecca MacKinnon, Jim Warren, Sandra  
Brahman, Seth Finkelstein, Jerry Berman, and Stewart Baker.   


On 26 Feb 2010, at 18:50, Frank Wood wrote:

Just had a quick look at the first item "Will Google Make Us Stupid?"
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>We are all stakeholders in the internet in one way or another. What fascinated me when I read the above is that NOT ONE SINGLE RESPONDENT was from the "ordinary man in the street". The respondents were either academics, business leaders, writers, other luminaries. Very strange and thus I'm not really curious about reading any more if ithis "report" is going to be along such elitist lines.
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>Maybe someone who has bothered to read all the reports would be kind enough to point out where there is evidence of ordinary people being part of the respondents.
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>Frank
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>On 26 Feb 2010, at 10:13, Joseph Truss wrote:
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>A survey of nearly 900 Internet stakeholders reveals fascinating new perspectives on the way the Internet is affecting human intelligence and the ways that information is being shared and rendered.
>>The web-based survey gathered opinions from prominent scientists, business leaders, consultants, writers and technology developers. It is the fourth in aseries of Internet expert studies conducted by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University and the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. In this report, we cover experts' thoughts on the following issues:
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>>	* Will Google make us stupid?
>>	* Will the internet enhance or detract from reading, writing, and rendering of knowledge?
>>	* Is the next wave of innovation in technology, gadgets, and applications pretty clear now, or will the most interesting developments between now and 2020 come “out of the blue”?
>>	* Will the end-to-end principle of the internet still prevail in 10 years, or will there be more control of access to information?
>>	* Will it be possible to be anonymous online or not by the end of the decade?
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>>http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Future-of-the-Internet-IV.aspx
>>There is a downloadable pdf of the full report on the site.
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>>Joe
>> Joseph Truss
>>Team Syntegrity International AG/ Metaphorum / Abbey North Drummers
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