Masthead CMC Magazine / April 1, 1996
 Building Democracy Online, by Scott Aikens and Erna Koch

Candidate Debate--Minnesota Debate

The forum called "MN-Debate" was the place for "candidate only" postings in response to organizer questions and rebuttals to each other. This was a fully secure platform (meaning that no unauthorized individuals impersonating a candidate could post here). Several third-party candidates happily acknowledged the fact that this was the first debate in which they were on an equal footing with the major-party candidates.

Section excerpted, with permission, from the prerelease draft of "State and Local Strategies for Connecting Communities" by the Benton Foundation and the Center for Policy Alternatives.

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