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William Sims Bainbridge

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Chapter 19: The Future of the Internet: Cultural and Individual Conceptions

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The Future of the Internet: Cultural and Individual Conceptions
The future of the internet: Cultural and individual conceptions
William SimsBainbridge, National Science Foundation

Our culture's conception of the future of the internet will illustrate how novel surveys can archive aspects of an individual's personality—a new application that has begun to appear on the internet and may have much greater significance in the future. The research reported in this chapter is based in the tradition of computer-administered surveys (Bainbridge, 1989, 1992), but it reverses the conventional relationship between social scientist and research participant. Instead of having one person compose a questionnaire to be answered by a thousand respondents, thousands of people provided input over the internet to create a questionnaire for a single respondent.

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