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In the eighties I remember reading about a golden band that when worn links everyone in global mental network. Not sure if it was a novel or short story. All thoughts are exposed by this network, which the protagonist finds horribly invasive.

Does anyone know what story this is from?

edit: user LAK made a great suggestion in comments but I am not sure this is the one I was looking for. Any other possibilities out there?

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    That looks interesting but this was definitely pre 1990's. And the gold band was integral to the story... had a more "visitor" kind of feeling to it. – rebusB Sep 20 '16 at 21:45
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    Can you remember anything more about the story you read? Where/when was it set, anything about major characters or events in the plot? You might like to check our guidance on asking good story-ID questions. – Rand al'Thor Sep 20 '16 at 21:47
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    I am afraid not. Just the golden band, the neural network, the discomfort of the protagonist who was visiting or brought to the culture. I think he gets the hang of it as the story progresses, that is all I can recall. It may not even be the major plot point... It just seems to anticipate the internet so well, would like to read it again. – rebusB Sep 20 '16 at 22:08
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    The story didn't take place in the distant past, with the golden ring being a torc that amplifies mental power while giving all users, even those with no innate psychic abilities, access to a psychic network? – LAK Sep 21 '16 at 16:48
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    @rebusB I was referring Julian May's 'Saga of Pliocene Exile' series. There's a lot more to it than just the bit about the golden torc (though 'The Golden Torc' is the title of one of the books). – LAK Sep 23 '16 at 23:46

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