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Networked information in France, 1993: The internet’s future

Jack Kessler (Academic degrees in philosophy, law, and library and information studies, and has pursued these and other subjects at Yale, Oxford, and the University of California. Currently, he works as a networked information consultant and has just concluded a one‐year study in France of the French Minitel and of foreign library applications of the United States Internet. His ambition in life is never to take another airplane trip.)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 March 1994



The French are becoming world leaders in networked information. The key to this development is the immediate access to the general public provided by their national Minitel system. New networked libraries are being built, existing libraries are going online, and the crisis‐ridden French publishing industry is looking to networked information for its salvation. The French approach to networking offers interesting lessons for the Internet, not least because the French approach may ultimately be considered more attractive than the Internet′s for developing networked information in Asia and elsewhere



Kessler, J. (1994), "Networked information in France, 1993: The internet’s future", Internet Research, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 18-30.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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