Commerce Department Report: Over 100 Million People Online... but most of them not on DRCNet 4/17/98

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A report issued this week (4/15) by the U.S. Department of Commerce finds that as of the end of 1997, over 100 million people world-wide were online, and that the volume of net traffic (the number of messages being sent) has been doubling every 100 days. The report indicates that it took the Internet just four years to reach 50 million users, compared to 38 years for radio and 13 years for television. In 1994, just after DRCNet's founding, only 3 million people worldwide were online.

The bad news is that 99.995% of these 100 million net-users aren't subscribed to DRCNet! (Though many of them may be reading our material via other lists or forums.) You can help remedy this appalling situation by telling your friends, colleagues and fellow list subscribers and forum participants about DRCNet. If you like, use the following text to do so:


  • Are you tired of mandatory minimums and prison construction?
  • Are you appalled by the spread of AIDS and other deadly diseases?
  • Do you resent the atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion prohibition creates?
  • Do you want the cities to be safe again?
  • Do you want to Help End the War on Drugs?

If you're opposed to Drug Prohibition, or even if you just think the War on Drugs has gone too far, you should sign up online with the Drug Reform Coordination Network, drug policy reform central on the Internet. DRCNet's weekly news bulletins and as-needed action-alerts will keep you up to date on what's going on with the issue and the movement to change US drug policy. Just one, sometimes two messages a week, DRCNet won't jam your mailbox, but will put you "in the loop". Every supporter of drug policy reform should be on DRCNet.

Please visit our home page at and follow the link to our "quick sign-up" form, and you can get "in the loop" for drug policy reform in less than a minute. Tell your friends!

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Issue #38, 4/17/98 Week Online Reprint Policy | UN Ambassador Richardson heads to Afghanistan... Narcotics Tops Agenda | "Global Days Against the Drug War" United Nations Protest Takes Shape | Press Release: Dutch Study Finds Marijuana Use Lower than Previously Thought | Commerce Department Report: Over 100 Million People Online... but most of them not on DRCNet | College Student Suspended for Two Semesters for Protesting Zero-Tolerance Policy | Special Report: Medical Marijuana in Canada, and its Potential Impact on the US | Events Coming Up | Editorial: The 20-Apr Debate

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