Cover: Planning Information Utilities for Community Excellence.

Planning Information Utilities for Community Excellence.

Published 1972

by Harold Sackman

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Beginning with an historical background of digital computing and a review of the insights into Community Information Utilities garnered from the Chicago conference on "The Information Utility and Social Choice," the author continues with a description of the scope of the proposed utility prototypes and the ground rules used in developing plans for them in the overall study. Given the general objective of social excellence, prototype information services can be defined as municipal/educational libraries, online polling/voting, telepurchasing/personal, industrial/vocational, and entertainment/news. To achieve social excellence, prototypes must guarantee free educational information services and free online voting, and dedicate mass information utilities to these services above all others. Who will pay the bill? Public services deserve a fair share of public revenue. Private, commercial, and industrial services would pay according to service rendered. Revenues from online polling should be used to help to defray the cost of mass information utilities. (Published in H. Sackman and B. Boehm (eds.), [Planning Community Information] [Utilities], AFIPS Press, 1972.) (See also P-4781, P-4897, P-4898, P-4899, P-4900, P-4908.) 45 pp. Ref.

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