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Potential of Advanced Information Technology to Transcend Barriers to Communication and Cooperation in the Arctic

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Executive Summary

The continuing trend of increasing penetration of internet availability and use in both highly populated lower latitudes and remote Arctic areas, continues to unite people across vast distances and cultural differences. Some wide ranging examples include telepsychiatry, young people playing computer video games in collaborative mode across the internet, web "blogging" or posting of personal diaries and commentaries for wide viewing, and computer bulletin boards and web pages used for education, communication of ideas and dissemination of information to a global user community. The web transcends political and regulatory barriers and creates a global society, fostering communication and information exchange among residents of the Arctic and lower latitudes.

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