“[…] one of the major benefits of the new technologies could be a significant improvement practically of every kind of voluntary association. […] The new interactive technologies could transform (the problems of travel and funding) by providing regular facilities for consultation and decision from people’s own homes. […] This could be, in practice, the achievement of full social and cultural powers by civil society, as opposed to their appropriation or marginalisation by the corporations and the state.”

Raymond Williams in Towards 2000 (1983)