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Anyone who has ever tried to travel the Internet will realise that information “superhighway” isn’t really the right term. The Internet is one vast tangle of alleyways and cul-de-sacs, libraries and caf?s, a maze made up of a thousand routes that often come to a dead end. It is more like a labyrinthine medieval city which has grown up without the benefit of an architect, than a neatly ordered superhighway.

True, the Internet will probably play an important part in the communications of the future-as motorways have, over the last half-century. But Internet travel won’t take people from A to…

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