William H. Gates, III

edited by
Sandra L. French


Voices of Democracy: The U. S. Oratory Project

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University of Maryland,
College Park, MD 21774

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Gates, William H. 2000. “Keynote Address to the Digital Dividends Conference.” Video recording provided by the conference sponsor, The World Resource Institute. [= A]
Gates, William H. 2000. “Keynote Address to the Digital Dividends Conference.” http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speeches/2000/10-18digitaldividends.asp [= B]

The copy-text is Gates, William H. 2000. (= A), a videotape representation of the delivered speech. This selection was based upon the relatively large number of conference attendees and the speaker’s tendency to deviate from his prepared written text. Gates 2000 (= B) is followed for paragraphing, punctuation, spelling, and marks of quotation (double quotation marks are rendered with “, single quotation marks rendered with apostrophe).

Sandra L. French of Radford University authenticated the “Keynote Address to the Digital Dividends Conference” speech by transcribing verbatim the video provided by the conference sponsor, The World Resource Institute. Transcripts of the speech are available in on-line sources. The version available through the Microsoft web site is the most complete and accurate one available, however, the document contains a few omissions and minor errors.

The text of this edition has been thoroughly checked and proofread. All double quotations are rendered with “, all single quotations with an apostrophe ‘. This copy-text is not subject to end-of-line hyphenation. Paragraph numbers have been added in square brackets.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Classification

18 October 2000
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Seattle, WA


Business enterprises – Computer networks, Business enterprises
Communication systems
Information technology-United States
Computer industry-United States



VOD Associate Editor
Gaines, Robert N.

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French, Sandra L.

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French, Sandra L.

editing of electronic text


French, Sandra L.

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