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The Economist Debate on the Internet

This debate is presented in conjunction with the RSA.

'The internet's golden age is over'

The idea of the internet as a global and independent forum, open to all, is being increasingly threatened by governments and corporations now beginning to see the potential for control of their citizens and consumers. Is this the end of the web's golden age, or the start of a new, more sustainable and commercially viable medium? Was the internet ever truly 'by the people for the people', or just the preserve of the techno-literate elite? What should the new internet dream be?

This event is complimentary, however seats are limited so please arrive early.


Tom Standage, The Economist | talks
Suw Charman, Open Rights Group | talks
Danny Meadows-Klue, Digital Strategy Consulting | talks
John Naughton, The Open University | talks
Karen Thomson, Chief Executive, AOL UK | talks


Date and Time:

23 February 2006 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



8 John Adam Street
+44 20 7451 6868
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