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Preface xi 1 Digital Nation at a Crossroads 1 2 "Everybody Should Know the Basics, Like How to Use a Computer" 17 Drinking from a Firehose 20 Desert Island Wish List 26 Walking to Timbuktu 32 3 A Faustian Bargain for the Digital Age 37 A Faustian Bargain 40 Selling Bits instead of Atoms 47 Stemming the Health Care Crisis 48 Unclogging the Autobahn 53 From the Crystal Palace to Silicon Valley 55 4 The New Frontier of Civil Rights 59 An Up-to-Date Education for All 61 Voting Made Easy ... for Some 67 E-Government: Build It and They Will Come 73 5 A Digital Nation in Black and White 75 From Black and White to Technicolor 76 Digital Nation Retrenchment 80 Building Bridges and Connecting the Dots 88 6 Flattening the Virtual Landscape in Education 95 The Challenges of Raising Performance 97 Cross-Country Comparisons: Finland, Germany, and the United States 101 The Finnish Model 107 Policy Implications 109 7 Wire-less Youth: Rejuvenating the Net 113 The Future Is Here, and It's for Sale 114 A Generation, Divided 116 Youths as Producers and Savvy Consumers 119 Millennials Go Global 121 What's My Age in Web Years? 123 Conclusion 127 Notes 135 Bibliography 147 Index 159Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Information technology Social aspects, Cyberspace Social aspects, Information society, Computers and civilization, Civilization, Modern 21st century