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This month's issue of First Monday includes three chapters from Michael Hauben and Ronda Hauben's remarkable book Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet. In 18 chapters and 344 pages, this book provides a snapshot of the Internet and Usenet communities and gives its readers a fascinating overview of the history of network communications.

First Monday published in its July, 1998 issue the Preface and the initial three chapters of Netizens. In this issue, we are including the Introduction; chapters 6, 7, and 10; and, the Proposed Declaration of the Rights of Netizens.

Netizens is copyrighted by Michael Hauben and Ronda Hauben and is reprinted with their kind permission and encouragement. First Monday is also grateful to the publisher of Netizens IEEE Computer Science Press of Los Alamitos, Calif. for their encouragement to reprint these excerpts, and especially Cheryl Baltes, Project Editor at IEEE Computer Society Press.

Netizens is published by the IEEE Computer Society and it is available directly from the Society's Customer Service at You can also order Netizens from and other fine bookstores (the book's ISBN is 0-818-67706-6). Many good libraries will also include a copy of this important book in their collections.

Edward J. Valauskas, Chief Editor
Esther Dyson, Consulting Editor
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, International and Managing Editor

Go to "Introduction: On the Development and Significance of the Participatory Global Computer Network"

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