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Do the Luddites Ever Win?
September/October 2010 (vol. 8 no. 5)
pp. 79-82
Michael Lesk, Rutgers University
Advocates for traditional newspapers have recently been calling for a tax on Internet activities that would support paper-based journalism. Concerns about new technologies destroying the old aren't new, but do the "luddites" ever win?

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Index Terms:
Internet tax, journalism, technology economics, license fees
Citation:
Michael Lesk, "Do the Luddites Ever Win?," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 79-82, Sept.-Oct. 2010, doi:10.1109/MSP.2010.148
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