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Third World Researchers See Internet as an Entry Ticket to Mainstream Science

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Science  11 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5421, pp. 1761
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5421.1761

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Although use of the Internet is limited in developing countries, largely because of poor communications, many see it as a key factor in fostering Third World science. The Internet could weld together isolated centers into "virtual laboratories" and ensure they keep in science's fast lane by accessing journals via the Web. Although Internet access doesn't feature prominently on the agenda of this month's World Conference on Science in Budapest, it seems likely to dominate many hallway discussions.