What is disintermediation? - Definition from WhatIs.com

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disintermediation

Part of the Computing fundamentals glossary:

Disintermediation is giving the user or the consumer direct access to information that otherwise would require a mediator, such as a salesperson, a librarian, or a lawyer. Observers of the Internet and the World Wide Web note that these new technologies give users the power to look up medical, legal information, travel, or comparative product data directly, in some cases removing the need for the mediator (doctor, lawyer, salesperson) or at the very least changing the relationship between the user and the product or service provider.

Also see antidisintermediation .

This was last updated in January 2006
Contributor(s): Suzanne Thing
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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