UCLA PLANS TO TRACK INTERNET'S LONG-TERM EFFECT ON SOCIETY UCLA today will announce plans to conduct a decades-long survey of the Internet's social impact in as many as 18 countries. Thousands of households will participate in the study, which is receiving corporate backing from AOL, Microsoft, Walt Disney, Sony, and others. Costs for the study are expected to run upwards of $800,000 per year. UCLA's Center for Communication Policy is overseeing the study. The study will focus in particular on how households with Internet access differ from those that do not; research shows that less than 25 percent of U.S. households have Internet access. Two thousand U.S. households will participate in the first phase of the survey, which kicks off within six weeks. Organizations in Italy and Singapore will participate in the study in its first year, and some 15 other countries will likely join them within five years, says Jeffrey Cole, director of UCLA's communication policy center. (Los Angeles Times 06/08/99)
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