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Issue No.02 - April-June (2002 vol.24)
pp: 104, 103
<p>When faced with a difficult decision of any kind, the first step organizations often take is forming a commission to study the issue. What do commissions do? They propose future policy, explain embarrassing failures and shape perceptions--and often policies--of governments, organizations, and businesses. Heralded as impartial investigators, commissions are proclaimed as embodying the collective wisdom of the time.</p>
Jonathan Coopersmith, "Membership Has Its Partisans", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.24, no. 2, pp. 104, 103, April-June 2002, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2002.1010081
1. The commission's Web site ishttp:/
2. D.C. Johnston, "Advisory Panel on Internet Taxes Unlikely to Reach Consensus," New York Times,20 Mar. 2000, pp. C1-2.
3. R. Dreyfuss, "Grover Norquist, 'Field Marshal' of the Bush Plan," The Nation,14 May 2001 ; available as of 24 April 2002 athttp://www.thenation.comdoc.mhtml?i=20010514&s=dreyfuss .
4. D.C. Johnston, "Agreement on Internet Taxes Eludes Deeply Divided Commission," New York Times,21 Mar. 2000, pp. C1, 4; also, L.B. Ward and J. Files, "Net Tax Opponents Prevail,"Dallas Morning News,22 Mar. 2000, pp. D1,2; and D.C. Johnston, "Governors Criticize Internet Tax Panel,"New York Times,12 Apr. 2000, p. C6.
5. This section is a paraphrase of the original taken from D. Sobel's delightful Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Viking Penguin, New York, 1996.
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