The news this week that that EB discontinues the print edition of the encyclopedia should not too much of a surprise. This should be seen in a larger context. I used to work in the library automation and public catalog industry. Twenty years ago, traditional libraries, our customers, feared their obsolescence due to competition from the Internet. To reference librarians it was perceived as a threat, rather than the resource it actually is. Brick and mortar libraries feared irrelevance, but have this far evolved to provide local-serving programs not otherwise available. Their real threat is funding, not the Internet.
The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.