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Chapter | 1THE RISE OF THE CROWD

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The Group of Seven (G-7), an international organization established to facilitate economic cooperation, dates back to the member nations’ summit meetings circa 1975, but it was officially established in 1985, not that long before the commercialized Internet was born.1 In the ensuing decades after its establishment, a lot has happened on the global economic scene, including the expansion of the group to become the G-20, representing 20 of the world’s major economies. But another important trend, at least as profound, has been growing: the number of Internet users in the world has grown to over 2 billion, out of a total population of 7 billion. ...

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