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September 1999: Volume 4.8 - Text-Only

THEME - New Learning Environments
UPFRONT - About MUVEs and FOCUS Author Jeff Cooper
FOCUS - Educational Multi-user Virtual Environments (MUVES)
LINES - Compiled from International News Releases
UW - New Online Group and Scholarships, UW-Milwaukee MLIS, UW System Curricular Design Grants, Webworks Grant
ED - Professors Stressed over Technology, Technology and Collaboration are Needed for Lifelong Learning
BIZ/ED - Campus Connection, More on the Edge, Partnership Programs Gain Following
TRENDS - Visor Ahead of Palm Pilot, Microsoft Brings in Top Talent to Pursue Old Goal, Lucent's Breakthrough, Wireless: the New Rage in Notebooks, Because of Technology the Nature of Meetings is Changing
READS - New Online Journal of Technologies for Knowledge, Teaching at a Distance Handbook, Information Technology in Higher Ed, Classroom with a Difference, Study of Virtual Education, Maps Emerging Models and Trends
POSITIONS - Two New Media Positions - California State U; Technology Resource Specialist - Clarke College, IA
NEW - Welcome to New Subscribers
FYI - News, Conferences, Institutes, Events

UPFRONT-What are MUVEs? According to the author of this month's focus article, Jeff Cooper, they're "interactive dynamic environments that allow you to grow along with them."I've never been to a MUVE, but after reading Jeff's article, I'm planning to try one out.

Jeff Cooper has been a Computer Resource Teacher at Portola Middle School in El Cerrito, CA., has taught English, ESL, Drama, Computer Applications and Desktop Publishing. He is interested in the integration of technology into curricula, recently completed the LInC Program at Fermilab and will be collaborating with other educators throughout the year. His Web site ( has links to tutorials, academic paper and the LInC Project. - Rosemary Lehman

FOCUS- Educational Multi-user Virtual Environments (MUVEs), by Jeff Cooper

I've written several articles on MOOs (Multi-user Object Oriented programs), but the acronym "MOO" tends to scare people away. Indeed, there are quite a few commands to master in a MOO, and that complexity also tends to make people shy away from using them. So in this article, I will discuss MUVEs, because people have a better feeling and understanding for "Virtual Environments." There are a number of types of MUVEs, some with very simple interfaces and commands, that operate on very little bandwidth (MUDs, MUSHes, MUCKs), and some will find good use for them. Indeed, if all you need is a secure place to hold a text based conversation, a simple "talker" is all you need. If however, you have grander schemes in mind for teaching, then you will need to step up to the more modern MUVEs, with sophisticated GUIs (Graphic User Interfaces), that incorporate the WWW into their programs.

Currently there are a number of programs and systems out there for delivering CBL (Computer Based Learning) information both synchronously (real time) and asynchronously (non-real time). Some handle PowerPoint, Real Audio (and Video), have flashy interfaces and virtually *all cost money*. Furthermore, except for perhaps getting help with the initial setup, once you install the system, you will be pretty much on your own. MUVEs are (for the most part) not only free to use, but also free to own, plus, you can get help from a number of sources. They aren't as flashy as some of the systems out there, but you can't beat the price.

MUVEs *evolve with time*. They adapt to changes in Net technology - seven years ago they were completely text-based, and used primarily for Dungeons and Dragons type games. Now, many have sophisticated WWW interfaces, allowing for URL projection, PowerPoint and RealAudio presentations and many more useful features. All allow for both synchronous and asynchronous usage. MUVEs act as intranets in some ways, with in-house mail, conversing in private rooms or on channels, creating rooms with interactive robots (for when you're not online), mailing lists, projection devices and a large array of other useful (educational) features.

MUVEs offer something more important than the technological, however, and that is a community for collaboration and educational development. Each MUVE operates a little differently than others, has its own theme and purpose (type: help theme or help purpose when connected). Here are a few of my favorite MUVEs and what I like about them:

Diversity University ( login: guest connect with integrated interface). DU is the premiere Educational MUVE, and has a number of tools and features to facilitate bringing classes online. One of these is the Visiting Student Parent Object (VSPO), which allows teachers to create passworded accounts for their students, move them from room to room (there are literally several thousand rooms on DU alone) and even hush them up if needed (every teacher's wish!) There are also a number of useful online tutorials, but perhaps the best way to get help is to type: page help (your question). There are always a number of helpers logged in to help you learn the ropes. DU's core is also downloadable for *free* to those schools and/or districts who would like to have their own MUVE. It takes experience to maintain a MUVE, however, and I recommend getting your feet wet for some time before attempting to create your own.

Tapped In ( is a MUVE dedicated to teacher collaboration. It has a calendar of events with a number of staff development projects and real time meetings. It also has one of the best (most user friendly) GUIs. Going to Tapped In is a little bit like being part of a global faculty lounge; you will meet educators from all over and everyone is interested in helping.

Lingua ( is the University of Texas Rhetoric Department's MUVE. Its founders developed the "Encore Express" client, which is a fantastic GUI, also downloadable for educators for free ( Along with their book "High Wired: On the Design, Use, and Theory of Educational MOOs": (, those ambitious enough to create their own MUVE would do very well to download Encore Express and purchase High Wired.

There are a number of academic articles written on MUVEs, and many can be found linked from my "MUVE Links" page, in addition to tutorials (running the gamut from basic commands to VSPO, cut and paste, and moomail). ( There are also links to sites listing the large number of MUVEs available (I recommend Rachel's Super List of MOOs).

How long does it take to learn how to use a MUVE? I like to analogize using the card games Bridge and Go Fish to MUVEs and chat rooms. I can teach you to play Go Fish and how to use a chat room in five minutes; in both cases you will reach your limit of expertise and become bored within an hour. On Bridge and MUVEs, it takes some time to learn (please see my MUVE LInC Project linked from my MUVE page), but you can spend your entire life enjoying them and improving along with them. MUVEs are interactive dynamic environments that allow you to grow along with them. If you are looking for a secure environment to bring your students (for whatever subject or purpose), you cannot go wrong using a MUVE. Please feel free to contact me ( for a demonstration.

LINES-Compiled from News Releases

* Is Distance Learning becoming web-based? According to Hezel Associates, PBS is the largest distance learning provider in the USA - and while PBS supplements video with web-based materials, there is no evidence video is going away. Although many startups have been web-based since '96, video is still widely used, and will be carried increasingly on the Internet. (Hezel Associates, Educational Telecommunications and Distance Learning: The State by State Analysis, 1998-99)

* A poll by @plan indicated that a majority of Internet users (73%) strongly oppose taxing Internet transactions. (USA Today 09/14/99)

* Intel plans to begin offering electronic commerce server farms that will allow businesses to rent round-the-clock computer power centrally managed by Intel. Intel will equip the server farms with state-of-the-art controls and encryption. (Financial Times 22 Sept 99)

* Sloan School of Management at MIT is requiring applicants for the class of 2001 to register electronically. In addition to successful registration results, three-quarters of the new class independently formed an online chat room. (Business Week 13 Sept 99)

* The recent E-Business & Technology Survey conducted by the Cutter Consortium indicates that 65 percent of businesses lack an overall e-commerce strategy, and almost a fourth of companies do not have a basic business and implementation plan for e-commerce. (InternetWeek 6 Sept 99)

* An increasing number of companies are creating self-service HR for their employees, allowing them to make valuable transactions from any browser in the world: i.e. manage their retirement, view past performance reviews, apply for internal jobs, participate in feedback surveys, enroll for training activities, etc. For more see: (TechLearn Trends 15 Sept 99)

* A study in Education Week shows that while software and the Internet are increasingly being used in the nations schools, many teachers struggle to make use of them. It's difficult to find what they're looking for, their computers lack sufficient power and expenses are still too high. (Washington Post 23 Sept 99)

UW-University of Wisconsin

NEW ONLINE GROUP AND SCHOLARSHIPS - An online collaborative group is now forming to participate in the Distance Education Certificate Program offered by the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The group will start the program together on January 12, 2000 (enrollment deadline is December 15), working as a cohort in completing online core modules and electives. Four half-tuition scholarships are available to group participants. The scholarship application deadline is November 12.

The group track is a new addition to the Certificate Program's professional development curriculum. The program now has a collaborative online track, a self-paced track, and non- certificate options. Offered since 1993, the Certificate Program is designed to build knowledge, skills and leadership in distance education. The curriculum of four core modules and twelve electives covers central components of distance education practice, including teaching/learning methods, technology, instructional design, evaluation, learner support and management.

For more information see the DECP Online Catalog: or contact Christine Olgren at


UW-MILWAUKEE MLIS - The School of Library and Information Science offers its MLIS degree and courses towards the 901 and 902 Media Specialist licenses via the Internet and some compressed video. For the MLIS program there are both hardware/software and computer literacy requirements. You can view those on the SLIS Distance Education web page ( The basic requirements access to an Internet browser (version 4.0 or higher) and an email account to take part in the program.

If you have questions about 901/902 license requirements, contact Malore Brown ( If you have questions about admission to the SLIS, contact Wilfred Fong (

There is a distance education fee of $100 per credit ($300 per 3-credit course) over and above the usual tuition assessment. There is an out-of-state tuition waiver for non-Wisconsin residents at this time (they only pay in-state fees). This is current through the fall semester, and we anticipate it to be renewed. The UWM fee schedule is available at For more information on UWM's Graduate School in general, see: You can access the Graduate School Bulletin there, also.

UW SYSTEM CURRICULAR DESIGN GRANTS - October 15, 1999 is the submission deadline for the second and final funding cycle for the 1999/2000 Curricular Redesign Program. The RFP approved by the LTDC executive committee is found at the LTDC homepage at:

WEBWORKS GRANT - A new grant called WebWorks is available to UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff who wish to incorporate technology more fully into their curriculum. Sponsored by the Learning Technology and Distance Education group within the Division of Information Technology, the $1,000 grants are intended for faculty to expand or improve instructional use of the Web with WebCT. WebCT, a web-based learning system that facilitates the creation of web-based educational environments, was piloted on the UW campus last year.

Grant recipients will have the opportunity for customized WebCT training classes, as well as, the option of hiring an assistant from a pool of 15 students trained in instructional technology support. Any UW-Madison faculty or instructional staff member teaching timetable courses is eligible to apply. For more information and to apply online visit:


PROFESSORS STRESSED OVER TECHNOLOGY - The stress of staying up-to-date with technology affects more professors than traditional stresses such as teaching loads and publishing demands, according to a recent survey conducted by University of California, Los Angeles. The survey shows that 67 percent of professors are regularly stressed by keeping up with merging technology, compared with 62 percent stressed by teaching loads, and 50 percent stressed by research or publishing pressures. Researchers say fear may be preventing professors from using new technology. Only 35 percent of professors use the Internet for research purposes, while 38 percent use technology to prepare presentations for classes. The survey results indicate that colleges should work to improve instructors' computer skills in order to meet the needs of students who have grown up using computers and are comfortable using new technologies. (Associated Press 30 Aug 99 - Edupage 1 Sept 99)

TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATION ARE NEEDED FOR LIFELONG LEARNING - Institutions of higher education need to focus on encouraging lifelong learning, in part by ensuring that students have access to distance learning technology, according to a report written by public-university presidents belonging to the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-grant Universities. Colleges and universities should invest in new technologies and prepare students to continue their education by using collaborative, interactive teaching methods to teach critical-thinking skills. In order to create a "learning society," education should be universally accessible and lifelong learning should be promoted to people of all ages, the report says. To further the goal of lifelong education, the report suggests that universities team with elementary and secondary schools, as well as businesses and governments, to make educational resources available to everyone. The group also supports the formation of accredited groups devoted to setting standards for lifelong learning programs and distance education. (Chronicle of Higher Education Online 16 Sept 99 - Edupage 17 Sept 99)


CAMPUS CONNECTION - A handful of new Internet startups aim to get hold of a portion of the $93 billion university students spend each year by offering services targeting college-age needs. Of the $93 billion that Kalorama Information estimates this group spends each year in addition to tuition, $97 million goes to electronic commerce transactions made during the average 22 hours each student uses the Web each week. Campus24 fancies itself as the eBay of the university set: items of particular interest to students, such as used books, small refrigerators, clothes, electronics and special offers from nearby retailers are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Campus24 was acquired in July by, which plans to introduce local Campus24 sites to its 600,000 members at 3,800 colleges and universities in the U.S. Campus Pipeline has more sweeping ambitions than Campus24. Campus Pipeline serves as the proprietary Internet portal for 2 million students at 400 schools. Colleges and universities without the money or desire to develop their own Web sites can use Campus Pipeline for free if they do not mind advertising appearing on the pages, or they may pay for Campus Pipeline's services. (Forbes 6 Sept 99 - Edupage 30 Aug 99)

MORE ON THE EDGE - Many companies believe they have become more aggressive toward implementing new technology in the last 18 months, according to a survey conducted last month by InformationWeek Research. These new technologies include customer relationship management and supply-chain software, electronic commerce and corporate portal systems, Java applications, knowledge management products and SANs. The motivating factors cited for embracing technology include increasing profitability and ROI, more technology-friendly attitudes of upper management and keeping pace with quickly changing technology. InformationWeek divided survey respondents into three groups, including leaders, average adopters, and laggards, depending on the extent to which they had adopted new technologies. Twenty-two percent of survey respondents fell into the leaders' category, over 50 percent of the respondents were considered average adopters, while about 25 percent were considered laggards. (Information Week 23 August 99 - Edupage 30 Aug 99)

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS GAIN FOLLOWING - Self-funded IT projects are gaining popularity because they provide state and local governments with the IT resources they need while avoiding lengthy funding negotiations. Rather than charge the government for the services they design, technology firms are beginning to charge the public for access to the sites they create. For example, in a contract between IBM and the state of Arizona, the technology firm funded its development of an online vehicle registration system. Yet it now receives $1 for each online transaction that takes place, as well as a portion of the state vehicle taxes and credit card processing fees. Meanwhile, the new system will save Arizona's Motor Vehicle Department $1.25 million annually. A new study, called "Vision 2010: Forging Tomorrow's Public-Private Partnerships," finds that these new alliances between the public and private sectors are becoming increasingly common, particularly in the areas of information technology and e-commerce. (Washington Technology 30 Aug 99 - Edupage 8 Sept 99)


VISOR AHEAD OF PALM PILOT - The Palm Pilot has a serious Competitor. Visor, has all of the same functions as a Palm, synchronizes with all of the same programs and can run all of the same software. But - it costs less (base cost is $149) and has a better synchronization system - and - a radical feature . . . the ability to act as a digital chameleon. It can transform itself into a cell phone, a pager, a camera, a music player, a game machine and more, using small plug-in hardware modules. Just buy the module and snap it into the socket and it morphs into a new device. Another feature is the docking system that connects using the new USB port. Visoralso comes with Macintosh synchronization software at no extra cost. At $249 you can get it in several bright colors, with 8 megabytes of memory and a leather case. Some of the modules will be out the first of the year, with others following in the summer. (Wisconsin State Journal, 17 Sept 99)

MICROSOFT BRINGS IN TOP TALENT TO PURSUE OLD GOAL - Microsoft is working to build a tablet computer, marking renewed interest in a technology that was attempted and abandoned in the 1970s. Tablet computers would be the approximate size and weight of a writing tablet and would be wireless and portable, with no keyboard. The devices would be aimed at everyday computing tasks as well as Internet use. Although past efforts at developing tablet computers have been unsuccessful, experts believe such a product could succeed now because of the maturity of technologies such as display, processing, battery and storage. In addition, Microsoft has enlisted the help of two computer pioneers that worked on a similar project in 1971. Butler Lampson and Chuck Thacker were researchers at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center in the 1970s, and worked to develop a portable, wireless computer called the Dynabook. If the tablet computer project succeeds, Microsoft plans to form alliances with hardware companies to produce and sell the technology. (New York Times 30 Aug 99 - Edupage 30 Aug 99)

LUCENT'S BREAKTHROUGH - Using beams of light to transmit information directly through the air, a breakthrough optical networking system from Lucent Technologies will boost the capacity of local data networks and extend the reach of high-capacity fiber optic systems. The first release of WaveStar OpticAir system will be available in March 2000. The second release is due next summer. The system will enable transmitting data between high-rise office buildings, naval ships to share information while in port and establish temporary high-capacity links for special events. (Communication News Sept 99)

WIRELESS: THE NEW RAGE IN NOTEBOOKS - In an effort to take advantage of the growing number of mobile workers, notebook computer makers are beginning to implement wireless capabilities in their products. Dell Computer will make Aironet Wireless Communication's 4800 series wireless LAN cards available for its Latitude notebook PCs in September. The 802.11-compliant cards support wireless connections from up to 300 feet from a network access point. Pricing for the cards has not yet been determined, although Aironet prices them at roughly $800 per card. Dell plans to eventually expand the wireless LAN card offering to its entire line of portable products and desktop PCs. Apple is also getting into the wireless market with its iBook notebook. The product, which Apple has already begun to ship, employs a wireless LAN called AirPort. Although Airport will cost less than Dell's offering, the device supports shorter ranges of an estimated 140 feet. (ZDNN 09/16/99 - Edupage 17 Sept 99)

BECAUSE OF TECHNOLOGY THE NATURE OF MEETINGS IS CHANGING - Clearly, technology has the capability of dramatically changing the format and role of the traditional meeting:

- Meetings Focus On Process Rather than Information Transfer: Pure information downloads and one way presentations will not be the core of meetings. More of the meeting time will be focused on dialogue, interaction, decision making and hands-on work. Meetings will have a digital introduction, taken prior to coming to the meeting, that might actually build the agenda and even the final invitation list.

- Meetings Capture Content: More meetings will be used to capture content for people that might not be able to attend. While audio or video taping a meeting rarely yields usable results, a more indexed content capture, to allow others to drill down to a specific question and answer, will be a great benefit of meeting time. Meetings might also be used to create a Knowledge Capture Session, where the stories and knowledge sets of key workers can be captured.

- Meetings as Social Experiences: There is the need for us to have human face time as we go more digitally in our relationships, to make sure that when we gather people together for face to face meetings social experience be considered and built into the process.

- Meeting Technology in the Meeting: What are the types of technology that you would imagine would be in a meeting room in the year 2003. Send your suggestions to: (TechLearn Trends 15 Sept 99)


NEW ONLINE JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR KNOWLEDGE-This month Knowledge Enterprise, Inc., in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), launched a new online publication. TechKnowLogia, International Journal of Technologies for the Advancement of Knowledge and Learning provides policy makers, strategists, practitioners, and technologists at the local, national, and global levels with a strategic forum to "explore the vital role of different information technologies (print, audio, visual, and digital) in the development of human and knowledge capital." TechKnowLogia is on the Web at: (CIT INFOBITS Sept 99 #15)

TEACHING AT A DISTANCE: A HANDBOOK FOR INSTRUCTORS-1999 ADEC, a valuable resource, can be ordered from:


CLASSROOMS WITH A DIFFERENCE: FACILITATING LEARNING ON THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY-Elizabeth J. Burge and Judith M. Roberts Cheneliere/McGraw-Hill-A Resource Kit also comes with this package.

STUDY OF VIRTUAL EDUCATION, MAPS EMERGING MODELS AND TRENDS - The Commonwealth of Learning has released a landmark study which provides a "snapshot" of online education worldwide in the summer of 1999. "The Development of Virtual Education: A Global Perspective," presents a detailed analysis of current practices and trends in each of ten geographic regions, including Africa and other regions about which little has been known. The study was carried out by an international team of experts led by Canadian educator Dr. Glenn Farrell, with funding from the British government's Department for International Development. Excellent summary sections on worldwide trends and emerging models are included, along with a set of recommendations for distance education leaders.

The complete report (170 pp.) is available in PDF format at You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print it. If you don't have Acrobat, you can download it free of charge from Adobe's site at: (E-News From UCEA 8 Sept 99)


TWO NEW MEDIA SERVICES POSITIONS - California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is currently seeking to fill two positions. New Media Services is a 21st century academic technology unit with services in the areas of classroom support, digital media and online course development and distributed learning support. The positions are open until filled. CSU Monterey Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer

1 - Curriculum Software Consultant (Information Technology Consultant)

This position provides technical support and consultation to faculty related to web-based instructional tools, Blackboard CourseInfo and audio and video streaming technologies. The position is expected to monitor emerging web applications and identify and implement those with potential for enhancing teaching and learning. Minimum qualifications include extensive, current knowledge of at least one major software tool for development and delivery of web-based instruction, preferably Blackboard CourseInfo; experience in supporting audio and video streaming technologies and the ability to work effectively with university faculty in the design, development and delivery of web-based course materials.

Senior Media Operations Engineer (Television Engineer)

This position serves as the chief engineer for all film, video and audio production and videoconferencing facilities on the campus, with primary emphasis on supporting state-of-the-art digital audio/video studios. The position also provides engineering support for other campus installations of instructional and presentation technologies. Minimal qualifications include three years of progressively responsible experience in planning, designing, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting complex digital and analog television systems; ability to troubleshoot and repair electronic devices to the component level; and experience in installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting compressed videoconferencing systems, particularly those involving ISDN.

Complete position announcements and online application information may be found at:


Clarke College is pleased to announce the search for a Technology Resource Specialist. This new position is being established to foster the integration of technology across the curriculum. The successful candidate will assist and train faculty in the application of emerging technologies to curricular design of instruction. This position also includes the possibility of teaching credit or non-credit courses. Requirements include a broad background in multimedia technology and a working knowledge of MAC and IBM platforms, Internet and Java. A Master's degree is required in a relevant discipline (Ph.D. or ABD preferred) and three to five years of teaching or training experience in the field of instructional technology. Candidates should have an understanding of the educational process and pedagogy related to using technology in the design of instruction. Strong oral, written and organizational skills are essential as well as leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students. Position to begin as soon as possible.

For full position description, see: (Steven W. Gilbert, President, The TLT Group)

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FYI - News, Conferences, Institutes, Events

* Interested in how developing a corporate-college partnership can improve an organization's corporate university? Want to learn how to create innovative, revenue generating partnerships, while networking with potential education partners? Corporate University Xchange has organized a fall workshop entitled "Building and Managing a Corporate College Partnership". This workshop will take place October 18-20, 1999, at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. For more information see:

* Tom Cyrs and Eugenia Conway will be doing their Introductory and Intermediate Level Workshop: The Distance Learning Workshop - Essential Skills for Quality World Wide Web and Interactive Television Program and Courses November 11-12, 1999 at the Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are interested in more information contact the ADEC office or e mail Tom at

* The Centre National d'Enseignement - E0 Distance (CNED) is holding an international conference on distance education on 1 and 2 December 1999 at Poitiers-Futuroscope in France. The conference will celebrate the 60th anniversary celebrations of the CNED, which was founded in 1939. CNED is Europe's largest and most important distance education institution with 405,000 students enrolled, over 200,000 of these in university level programmes. The theme of the conference is Distance learning at the dawn of the third millennium and it will be held fittingly at Europe's leading Cyberspace Centre at the Palais des Congres at the Futuroscope near Poitiers. For further information see the Web site in French and in English at:

* M/SET 2000 - International Conference on Mathematics/Science Education & Technology will be held Feb. 5-8, 2000 in San Diego, California at the San Diego Marriott-Mission Valley. The Conference, hosted by San Diego State University is sponsored by the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching (JCMST) and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). To submit a proposal you MUST complete the online form at: For additional information about M/SET 2000 complete the electronic form at:

* The Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) will hold its 14th annual conference in Manila on 25-27 October 2000 at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel, Manila. The conference theme is "Open Learning and Distance Education: Ideology, Pedagogy, and Technology." Interested participants may send in a 300-word abstract of the paper they wish to share either as parallel paper presentation or as poster paper presentation. The deadline for submission of accepting paper abstracts is 29 February 2000. For further information email:


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