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Internet predictions database recently gave laudatory coverage to a Web site that is a joint venture of Elon University's School of Communications and the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The site invites people to submit their predictions about the future of the Internet.

The "Imagining the Internet" predictions database has been developed over the past two years by Janna Quitney Anderson, an assistant professor and director of internet projects. Her work has been funded and guided by School of Communications Advisory Board member Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

The Web site includes 4,000 predictions about the future of the Internet that were made by leaders in the industry between 1990 and 1995. The predictions were gathered by a team that included Elon faculty and staff and dozens of Media History students.

Visitors to the site can search the database and learn more about the early visions of those who created Internet technologies. The site also invites people to look forward and submit their own, personal visions about the future of the Internet.

In the article on, reporter Christine Boese describes her experience and provides links so people can contribute their predictions about the future of the Internet to the site. "I had more fun than I had any right to the other day. I looked into my crystal ball and imagined the future of the Internet," she wrote. "The site is open for browsing and searching, so you can hop in and read some of the famous, humorous and edgy predictions from pundits, journalists and ordinary people about what the Internet could become. As years go by, this should become an absolute treasure trove, but it already is an amazing read."

Hundreds of people from around the world responded to Boese's publicity for the site by going to the "Imagining the Internet" database and adding their predictions for the future.

The site is still in the process of being built. In addition to the early 1990s predictions and the contemporary contributions from the general public, the site will include a 2004 Internet Experts Survey - an element that will complete the database late this year.

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