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Sunday, 29 April, 2001, 15:55 GMT

The digital world

The BBC's internet correspondent Rory Cellan Jones examines the growth of the internet and other technologies in our changing society.

The digital world

There has been a social change in the way people communicate in the last decade. Many more people would now use email than conventional post. This is not just happening in the business world. There have been schemes introduced to encourage internet use for everyone from schoolchildren to pensioners.

Tax breaks for small companies specialising in technology and the removal of betting tax, forced by the growth of online betting, are just some of the benefits from the new internet world. But increased use also brings increased concerns about appropriate use of the internet and the policing of the world wide web.

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