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May/June 2001

Internet Opens Up New Markets - For Hackers and Viruses As Well

Madanmohan Rao interviews Srivats Sampath, CEO, McAfee

The New ICE Age: TV Meets the Web
Madanmohan Rao reports from the Convergence Summit in Amsterdam

IP Telephony to Have a Dramatic Impact on Asian Voice, Data Communications Markets
Madanmohan Rao reports from the first iLocus Internet Telephony conference in Bangalore

Internet Ushers in Fourth Wave of Banking and Finance Innovation
Madanmohan Rao reports from the E-Finance Asia summit in Singapore

Asia Leads the World in Wireless Internet Technology, Markets
Madanmohan Rao reports from the Wireless Internet World 2001 conference in Singapore.

Internet QoS: Architectures and Mechanisms for Quality of Service
heng Wang summarizes his new book
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March/April 2001

Emerging Markets, Pockets of Excellence: India in a Global Internet Economy
Madanmohan Rao compares and contrasts emerging pockets of excellence in Internet economies around the world, and evaluates how Asian countries like India fare in this regard.

Developing the Internet in Developing Nations
By Wendy Rickard Throughout the developing world, small groups of citizens are changing their worlds based on the shared belief that information and communication technology (ICT) can make a difference. In this issue of OnTheInternet--our fifth annual edition focused on the Internet in emerging nations--those issues, needs, and solutions are put under the lens, offering an interesting picture of where we are.

How Real is the Internet Market in Developing Nations?

By Madanmohan Rao When it comes to the effect the Internet will have on developing nations, some believe e-commerce will lift sagging fortunes and others believe the Internet will leave the bulk of this region's population on the other side of the digital divide. The reality lies somewhere in between.

Networking in Latin America
By Ermano Pietrosemoli Though not yet a technology Mecca, Mérida has made significant strides. It's Wide Area Broadband Wireless Data Communication Network was recognized by SuperComm'98 as best in Remote Access. And EsLaRed has trained a thousand networking and applications professionals since 1992. All of which serves as proof that the Internet can have an empowering effect on developing regions.

Rethinking Telecenters
By Scott S. Robinson In Latin America, few are lobbying for public policies that employ the public sphere to catalyze social development with Internet-based microbanks. Can a novel use of information and communications technologies link the First and Second worlds by providing digital remittance services?

Rural Access by Radio and Internet Helps Close the Digital Divide
By Lynne Gallagher and Djilali Benamrane Radio is a sure-fire way to deliver information to a wide range of listeners. The Internet facilitates feedback and response. Will the convergence of the two help integrate rural areas into the communications mainstream?

African Chapters and Their Role in Internet Development in African Countries
By Tarek Kamel and Terry Weigler With ISOC members from more than 30 African countries meeting regularly, African chapters of the Internet Society are clearly beginning to take a leading role in areas of connectivity, content development, training and public policy.

Paving the Way for Internet-Rich Environments in Developing Nations
By George Sadowsky In seven years, the Network Training Workshops have trained more than 2,500 students and been credited with significantly accelerating penetration by the Internet in developing nations. Find out what makes this event so successful and why it needs to change.

The Internet in Laos: A Rough Guide
By Madanmohan Rao Tucked away in southeast Asia, this landlocked communist nation now faces a new set of challenges in the world of the globalized Internet.

Electronic Commerce in Nepal
By Larry Press, Seymour Goodman, Tim Kelly and Michael Minges In 1975 two professors and a gradate student conducted a study of radio broadcasting and telecommunications in Nepal. At the time their recommendations went largely unheeded. Twenty-five years later, interest has been renewed, and the emphasis is on electronic commerce.

Toward a Knowledge System for Sustainable Food Security
By V. Balaji, K.G. Rajamohan, R. Rajasekara Pandy, and S. Senthilkumaran Food security in the developing world depends on both knowledge and skills on the part of farmers. Information and communications technologies play a significant role in this regard, as evidenced by a program launched in India in 1998.

From the Secretariat: ISOC Around the World
Some of ISOC's programs and initiatives in developing countries worldwide.

Papallacta Manifesto
Tele-centros.org proposes policy recommendations to reduce inequalities.
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January/February 2001

Internet Fever Reaches the Top of the World
Sandwiched between the software powerhouse of India and the hardware dynamo of China, the mountain kingdom of Nepal also seems to be catching Internet fever. Madanmohan Rao reports from the InfoTech Summit 2001 in Kathmandu

Local Community Networks: The Human Face of the Internet Economy

Madanmohan Rao reports from the Community Networking summit in Barcelona, Spain, where 400 delegates from 35 countries gathered recently or the first annual Global Summit on Community Networking.

Virtual Communities as a Crossroads for Global Knowledge
Marco Padula, Amanda Reggiori, and Cristina Ghiselli discuss "The Corpus Africanisticum," an experimental prototype demonstrating the process of the globalization and universalization of knowledge on the Internet.

E-Dinars, E-Tijara: Tunisia Embarks on Ambitious Internet Plan
Madanmohan Rao reports from the E-Commerce Summit in Tunisia where Delegates from over a dozen countries gathered in Tunisia's capital city, Tunis, for the second annual conference called The Internet and E-Commerce, which focused on national and regional Internet development.

Any Path Will Do
Robert C. Heterick finds that as traditional colleges and universities feint, dodge, weave, stumble and sometimes fumble in their move toward the incorporation of technology- based learning strategies, a sort of Alice in Wonderland aura permeates the educational landscape--if you don't know where you are going, any path will do.
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November/December 2000

Can the Internet Be Used to Bridge Inequalities in Medical Information Access?
e-OTI’s Madanmohan Rao talks with WebMD Foundation’s George Gellert about using the Internet to revolutionize health care.

ITU Brings Telemedicine to Uganda
The ITU is helping Uganda harness the latest information technology for a truly tangible humanitarian cause.

African Experience with Telecenters
By Peter Benjamin Can telecenters help bring the information age to Africa? Different initiatives are examined to help determine the most effective model for sustainability.

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September/October 2000

Access to the Web: The Cost of Connecting
By David Maher The Internet Society's VP for Public Policy examines new information and trends concerning the cost of online access worldwide.

Distance Education: An Oxymoron?
By Carol Twigg The Chronicle of Higher Education published a review of a new book, The Social Life of Information. The authors believe that proponents of IT suffer from "tunnel vision" that prevents them from seeing that learning is a social experience for which distance-education technology is a poor substitute.

Can the Internet Be Used to Bridge Inequalities in Medical Information Access?
e-OTI’s Madanmohan Rao talks with WebMD Foundation’s George Gellert about using the Internet to revolutionize health care via improvements in the way physicians, consumers, and health care institutions interact.

ITU Brings Telemedicine to Uganda
The ITU is helping Uganda harness the latest information technology for a truly tangible humanitarian cause.

African Experience with Telecenters
By Peter Benjamin Can telecenters help bring the information age to Africa? Different initiatives are examined to help determine what combination of government, private sector, international donor, and community -organization projects would serve as the most effective model for sustainability.

Censorship 2000
By John Perry Barlow How will we be affected by the increasingly diverse and inventive forces of online censorship? And who will win? The Party of the Past or the Party of the Future?

The Internet Society and Public Policy
By David Maher The Internet Society has identified five public policy issues it believes are most critical. The next step is to develop and formulate positions that reflect a wide range of voices and opinions.

Struggling with the Digital Divide
By Madanmohan Rao The Internet can exacerbate the digital divide. But it can also be used to narrow the gap.

Local Access Pricing and the International Digital Divide

By Sam Paltridge Access to information and communications resources is increasingly critical to economic and social development. But not all countries can access resources equally. Can favorable pricing structures create equity?

The Internet Policy Paradox: Less is More
By Charles Brownstein When it comes to public policy, more regulation is not necessarily better regulation. Instead, the best hope for Internet policy may be to mirror the design of the Internet itself.

Toward a Global E-Commerce Clause
By Susan P. Crawford and David R. Johnson In today's interconnected global economy, we need rules for online merchants that are consistent around the world.

How Can We Ensure the Privacy of Internet Users?
By Harriet Pearson As Web use increases, so do the number and variety of privacy issues. What are the best ways to address the growing concerns over privacy?

The International Internet Interconnection Issue
By Jane van Beelen and John Rolland Many ISPs believe that connection costs aren't distributed equitably among nations. Who's really paying for international Internet traffic?

Ensuring a Truly Global Policy-Making Process
By Izumi Aizu The Internet is transforming economics and societies worldwide. What will it take to create a working system of Internet governance?

Trademarks and Domain Names: The New Remedies
By Carol Anne Been and David W. Maher The end of 1999 saw the creation of two new methods for resolving domain-name disputes-the U.S Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. They may be better than you think.

Security: Protecting the Internet from Cyber Attacks
By Dorothy Denning Walking the fine line that separates protection from intrusion.

Internet Domain Names
By Roger Cochetti What role should the private sector have in domain-name management?

Access to the Web: The Cost of Connecting
By David Maher The Internet Society's VP for Public Policy examines new information and trends concerning the cost of online access worldwide.

Distance Education: An Oxymoron?
By Carol Twigg The Chronicle of Higher Education published a review of a new book, The Social Life of Information. According to the reviewer, the authors believe that proponents of IT suffer from "tunnel vision" that prevents them from seeing that learning is a social experience for which distance-education technology is a poor substitute.

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July/August 2000

Content and Connection in a Broadband World
By Jeanne Marie Follman Broadband access to the Internet is finally becoming available in our neighborhood. When we sign up for it, we will have Internet access that is high speed and always on. That will be great. But what will happen when the younger members of the household go online using their favorite software?...This question highlights the problem of combining both content and connection into a single product—a practice known as bundling—as we move into a world of broadband access to the Internet.

Vint Cerf Speaks at UN Information Technology Conference
Vinton G. Cerf, Senior Vice President for Internet Architecture and Technology, WorldCom, and former president of the Internet Society, recently addressed the ECOSOC Information Technology Conference at the United Nations in New York.

Build a Dot Corps, Not just a Dot Com
Madanmohan Rao Interviews George Colony, CEO, Forrester Research
George Colony is the founder and CEO of Massachusetts-based Forrester Research, a leading Internet market research firm. Forrester is now 17 years old and has a presence in more than 15 countries. Colony has 19 years of experience as an analyst and is widely quoted in the international business press.

New Rules for a New Economy
Madanmohan Rao reviews Building Wealth: The New Rules for Individuals, Companies and Nations in a Knowledge-Based Economy
Looking for a sweeping overview of emerging economic trends as well as a road map for success in the new economy? Try Building Wealth, by Lester Thurow, renowned MIT economist and author of other best-sellers like The Zero-Sum Society and The Future of Capitalism.

The Asian Steel Industry Can Benefit Significantly from the Internet
Madanmohan Rao interviews Andrew Yao, founder and CEO of Hong Kong–based iSteelAsia.com
iSteelAsia.com is an online market exchange for the Asian steel industry. He is chairman of construction materials distributor Van Shung Chong Holdings and was formerly a strategic consultant at Matsushita Electric in Tokyo.

Networthy - August 2000
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May/June 2000

Words on the Web and the Written Tradition
By Jeanne Marie Follman In e-mails, chat rooms, Web pages, news groups, and instant messages, countless words fly across the Internet every day; the written word hasn’t seen such a boost since the invention of printing. But despite the newness of the medium, words on the Web fit very snugly into the history of the written tradition. We have been storing our thoughts in various forms of writing for about five or six thousand years. In each case—as with telephones and computers—there is a sender, a signal, and a receiver. The point is the communication of a message.

Cyberliability: New Exposures to Old Risks
By Russell Beck s Web and e-mail usage skyrocket in the workplace, so does the potential for Internet-related misconduct and lawsuits. What should employers look out for, and what can they do to protect themselves? Russell Beck discusses the growing variety of cyberliability claims.

Education: Guidelines for Computer-Based Testing
By James B. Olsen Computers are now standard and pervasive tools that significantly affect our daily lives. In testing and assessment applications, they have changed the ways in which tests and assessments are developed and administered.

Networthy - June 2000
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April 2000

Search Engines: Gateways to the Digital Economy
Mandanmohan Rao reports from the Search Engine Summit in New York
As entry points to the largest explosion of information the human race has ever seen, Web directories and search engines are increasingly being seen as key gateways to the Internet economy. And new technological innovations, business models, and stupendous investments are being poured into this industry.

Internet Treasures: Christon Bacon
By Hope Hill Thirteen-year-old Christon Bacon has spent most of his young life isolated in urban poverty, but with the Internet he has thrived. Learn more about Christon in the first of a new series of profiles -- ISOC Internet Treasures.

March 2000

Mapping Where the Data Flows
By Martin Dodge When I type the Internet Society's Web address into my browser, the HTML and graphics are seamlessly downloaded and the page displayed within a couple of seconds. But by what route does this information travel to reach me? Using a traceroute tool reveals this and much more.

Creating an Accessible Internet

By Mary Barros-Bailey The Internet as a source of information is growing at a rate almost beyond comprehension. It is without question the greatest and most accessible collection of resources in history. And though it is widely accepted that navigating the seemingly endless resources contained on the Internet offers unprecedented opportunities, many throughout the world are unable to benefit.

Designing for a Digital Economy
By Nevin Cohen E-commerce offers architects a unique opportunity—perhaps even a professional responsibility—to create bold schemes for a rapidly changing environment.

The Graying of the Internet

By Marcie Parker, Ph.D., CFLE Demographic changes throughout the world have the potential to fundamentally alter the way we view healthcare.

India’s IT Bill Follows the UNCITRAL’s Model Law on E-Commerce

By Madanmohan Rao Madanmohan Rao interviews legal consultant Shakeel Kudrolli concerning recent developments in cyberlaw and related issues.

Online Learning Costs More . . . or Does It?
By Carol A. Twigg Carol Twigg examines facts behind the common perception that distance learning is more costly than traditional classroom instruction.

The Internet in Chile: 1999 Was a Good Year

By Irit Askira Gelman After a slowdown in 1997 and 1998, in 1999 the Internet in Chile experienced outstanding expansion. Find out how 1999 became that country's year of Internet growth.

Broadband for Regional Survival and Growth: Background and First Steps
By Lars Hornborg The problem: bringing broadband Internet access to Sweden. The solution? Leave it to the market. But in sparsely-populated rural areas, that isn't always the answer. The first article in a three-part series explores how a group of entrepreneurs got around that obstacle to bring broadband to the people.

The Story of Mirador: A Search Engine for Latin America
As far as search engines go, Yahoo! is great for some areas of the world. But sometimes-just as in politics-being local is the key. For some people in Latin America, this was precisely the way to go.

Common Ground - March 2000
Happy Trails to Trialing Hyphens - Kidlink Makes a Small World After All - Wiring Sri Lankan Schools

Networthy - March 2000

July/August 1999

Riding the Tidal Wave
By Toni Alatalo What do you call a programmer and Internet entrepreneur who learned to use a telephone as a teenager - five years after learning to use a computer - and who calls his cell phone "the other important communication channel besides the Internet itself? We call it today's youth. Read the story of Toni Alatalo and find out how his techno-savvy generation is growing up on the Internet.

The Internet and the Family: The View from the Press
By Joseph Turow, John Bracken, and Lilach Nir According to a recent study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, two-thirds of 1998 newspaper stories about the Internet focused overwhelmingly on the new technology's most negative aspects, leaving most parents and educators with an unwarranted sense of fear of the Net.

Aggregate, Syndicate, Dominate: How InfoSpace.com Mapped a Course to Success

By Madanmohan Rao Contributing editor Madanmohan Rao uncovers the secrets behind the three-year meteoric rise of a former Microsoft employee to CEO of the industry's top content aggregation and redistribution company.

May/June 1999

Why Spam is a Problem
By Ray Everett-Church If junk mail is accepted as a fact of life, why is unsolicited e-mail - otherwise known as spam - such a problem? The author takes an in-depth look at the hidden costs of spam, who's doing it, and why the problems caused by spam will fundamentally shape the way individuals and businesses use the Internet.

The Internet in Argentina: Study and Analysis of Government Policy

By Thierry Chaumeil The Internet is poised to become an important influence on Argentina's culture, commerce, and government. And as with any fundamental shift in infrastructure, there are obstacles. One is linked to Argentina's emerging economy. Another is a telecom legal framework. Find out how Argentina is overcoming both in its determination to make the Net an Argentinian reality.

March/April 1999

The Internet, Satellites, and Human Rights
By Michiel Hegener If developments in satellite technology can deliver fast, inexpensive, and reliable telecommunications to the public, should some governments fear them? Compelling evidence suggests that human rights are violated most often in areas with poor telecommunications infrastructures. Dictatorial regimes survive most often in countries with fewer than 20 telephone lines per 100 inhabitants. The complex relationship between the Internet and human rights is explored and assessed by Michel Hegener in one of his most thought-provoking articles to date.

Complexity and the Networked Society

By Alan McCluskey The author reports on the future of our networked society as described by Nobel peace prize-winning author Ilya Prigogine at IST's most recent conference in Vienna.

Virtual Networks Are Now as Important as Railway Networks - An Interview with Tara Vishwanath

By Madanmohan Rao OnTheInternet contributing editor, Madanmohan Rao, interviewed World Bank consultant Tara Vishwanath on her most recent project, the 250-page Knowledge for Development, its reception in dozens of countries around the globe, and it's recommendations to developing countries.

January/February 1999

The Network Is the Market: Financing Internet Bandwidth
By John du Pre Gauntt
Although the public relishes the idea of unimpeded access to an endless flow of free information, the reality of the current bandwidth market shows startling price differentials and areas where service simply does not exist.

The Internet Potential for an Education of Hope

By Edwin H. Gragert, Director, I*EARN-USA All to often, educators focus on the Internet’s storage capabilities and its value as a research tool. But the technology offers instructors and learners more than just access to the world’s biggest library. The author offers ways to take advantage of the Net’s human connective potential to empower students and improve education.

Internet Governance: The Struggle over the Political Economy of Cyberspace

By Madanmohan Rao As the global Internet user population heads closer to the 15-million mark, an alphabet soup of organizations are being drawn into the struggle to define and shape the protocols, architecture, content, and transactional regulations of the Internet.

ISOC in Internet Governance
By Don Heath The president of the Internet Society offers an overview of the major strides the Internet has taken in the past few years--and outlines some of the steps we can anticipate next.


By Wendy Rickard There’s no doubt 1998 was an interesting year for the Internet. But with the U.S. government finalizing its attempt to get out of the domain name management business, it also was the year that Internet self-governance began.

The Perils of the Internet
By Lloyd Conklin By barring strong encryption for electronic transmissions and implementing encryption-key escrow accounts, governments are asking law-abiding citizens to suffer the consequences of rules meant to be impediments to those who disdain them or who simply go around them.

Bringing the Net to the Masses: Cybercafés in Latin America
By Madanmohan Rao In emerging economies, such as those in Latin America, numerous projects have been launched incorporating public Internet kiosks, cybercafés, community access centers, and multimedia communication booths.

November/December 1998

Visible Women
By Wendy Rickard Globally, women produce more than half the food that is grown; yet they own only about 2 percent of all land, a fact that helps keep women in many regions of the world poor. A few organizations are using the Internet to help educate women to become leaders. The results may offer a stunning model of the Internet as a crucial element in the quest for economic equality.

Silicon Valley 2: Is HigherTechnology’s Future Heading South?

By Madanmohan Rao Like many so-called emerging nations, India’s Internet economy is stunted by inadequate infrastructure and lack of progressive political will regarding Internet policies. But change is imminent. Citing examples gleaned from the recent India Internet World conference in New Dehli, the author explains how India could be the industry’s next Silicon Valley.

Food, Farming, and Women’s Leadership in Africa: Using Electronic Communications and Training to Change Perceptions and Realities

By Sarah Tisch and Ken Herman Often times, the largest obstacle to progress--be it economic, social, political, or physical--is a lack of access to information and resources. Winrock International, a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and renewable energy, is not just addressing that problem. They’re solving it.

September/October 1998

Rites, Rituals, and the Passage of Time: Change in a Technological Age (English) (Spanish)
By Llorenç Valverde Symbols, rites, and rituals are signs of identity, and they preside over the constant process of transition from what we were yesterday to what we will be tomorrow. Today new information and communications technologies are not only causing change; they are examples of our reaction to things as they are. The author argues that not only do we misconstrue tradition by clinging to what is obsolete, but that technology is in fact an indispensable ally of culture.

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer: The Irresistible, Irrepressible Christine Maxwell

By Mark Stokes As cocreator of the McKinley Group and the Magellan online directory and search engine, Christine Maxwell is used to thinking outside the box. OTI contributing editor Mark Stokes talked to Maxwell about her views on content, Internet publishing, women in cyberspace, her famous publishing-magnate father, and what she has planned for the future.

The Internet Is Everything--and Other Dramatic Overstatements

By Wendy Rickard Today we are on the cusp of major new developments in both the technical and policy aspects of the Internet--which explains why it is so difficult to avoid hyperbole when discussing it. From the domain-naming system to copyrights, to censorship, the issues are hot and the stakes are high. The bottom line? Expect the Internet--and the drama--to continue.

July/August 1998

The Evolution of Quality of Service: Where Are We Heading?
By Paul Ferguson and Geoff Huston Now that the Internet has moved from research project to full-fledged business activity, it’s hard to dismiss the poor service quality that is frequently experienced. Two leading experts detail the metrics of service quality and spell out their strategies to improve the flow of traffic.

Creating Brand Identity on the Internet
By Arthur Goldstuck Corporations invest huge sums of money creating brand identity in the marketplace only to find that things aren’t the same in cyberspace. The author points out the more common mistakes big-name companies make when trying to leverage their brands on the Net.

When a Village Ceases to Be a Community

By Prof. Wayne Spivak A community -- even an Internet community -- is more than just a mailing list, a discussion group, or a set of shared beliefs or interests. It must conform to some kind of structure.

Ask Correctly and Ye Shall Receive

By Wendy Rickard Search technology not only cuts to the core of Internet functionality, it also enables us to explore how the nature of our relationship with information is changing and, in some cases, being formed.

Multilingual Publishing on the Asia-Pacific Internet
By Madanmohan Rao With the percentage of U.S. Internet users as a percentage of worldwide users dropping, the proportion of non-U.S., non-English-speaking Internet users is growing. With many experts betting that content will be the next big Internet driver, companies in the United States and abroad are now venturing into multilingual Web publishing.

January/February 1998

Is the Internet Heading for a Cache Crunch?
By Russell Baird Tewksbury In an effort to provide more efficient bandwidth and server utilization to customers, network administrators are turning to proxy caching, a technology that relies on the creation of digital duplicates or clones of original Web pages. Can content abuse be far behind?

Art and Culture on the World Wide Web: From the Control of Content to the End of Art

By Niranjan Rajah The genius of TCP/IP extends far beyond the ability to relay data from one point to another. It also means the free flow of creatively rich, technology-inspired content that is changing the way we think about art, media, literature, and the roles of audience and creator.

Sound Bites and Document Bites versus Electronic Message Bytes: A Comparison of the Intrinsic Security of Media for Credit Card Transactions

By Lloyd Conklin When it comes to Internet security, both popular opinion and hard facts support the age-old adage, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Why Mongolia?

By Geoff Long From no Internet access in 1994 to an Internet conference host country in 1997 -- discover how this developing country was able to make such giant strides in so little time.

Building Community One Byte at a Time

By Janet Perry From Howard Reingold’s Virtual Community to the recently published bestseller, net.gain, the Internet has long been valued for its community-building capabilities. But does the evidence support the claim?

On the Web—and Blind

By Dan Jellinek For the blind and visually impaired, surfing the Web can be an endless source of anxiety and confusion.

November/December 1997

Policy Constraints to Electronic Information Sharing in Developing Countries
By Mike Jensen The author's observations were made during the course of eight years' work to develop Internet access in Africa. His experiences may be of use in other developing countries.

Mexican Women’s Movement Makes the Internet Work for Many Women

By Erika Smith
Online women's groups in Mexico have mobilized to ensure that the Mexican government lives up to all its signed commitments at the Beijing women's conference.

Key Policy Issues in Emerging Nations: Uzbekistan
The Internet made it's way to Uzbekistan in 1995. How has it faired, and what challenges will it face in the future?

September/October 1997

Internet Unwired By Michiel Hegener Is the term global Internet really appropriate when hundreds of millions of people in less-developed nations have never heard of datacommunications? To be a truly global Internet means reaching beyond today's traditional fiber-optic communications technologies to some of the unwired alternatives that may help connect the rest of the world.

Internet Connectivity for Africa By Mike Jensen On the heels of INET's Developing Nations Workshop, the author reports on the latest Internet technology developments in Africa and reveals how governments and economic conditions are influencing their growth.

Waiting for Synthesis By Wendy Rickard The only thing more predictable than the hype surrounding the Internet is the skepticism that quickly replaced it. If the recent flood of technodoubting tells us anything, it should remind us that it is the combination of promise and doubt that leads to success.

July/August 1997

A Brief History of the Internet, Part 2
By Barry M. Leiner, Vinton G. Cerf, David D. Clark, Robert E. Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Daniel C. Lynch, Jon Postel, Lawrence G. Roberts, and Stephen Wolff In this second of our two-part series covering the history of the Internet, the authors take us back to 1969, when the request-for-comment procedure began, through the restructuring of the various bodies involved with standards and development in the 1970s and 1980s, and, finally, to today's explosive commercialization of what was once a resource-sharing tool for researchers, scientists, and educators.

On the Net, Through the Air, In Your Hands: Cellular Technology and the Future of the Internet By Janet Perry Cell phones and laptops have become increasingly familiar sights at bistros, on the street, and even on the beach. If you're a member of the must-be-connected-without-the-cord crowd, you may soon find yourself updating your home page from those locations as well. Find out where the technology behind the cellular-Internet merger stands and what it may mean for developers, businesspeople, corporations, and the media.

May/June 1997

A Brief History of the Internet, Part 1
By Barry M. Leiner, Vinton G. Cerf, David D. Clark, Robert E. Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Daniel C. Lynch, Jon Postel, Lawrence G. Roberts, and Stephen Wolff The authors-several of whom were directly involved in the development and evolution of the Internet-share their views of the Internet's origins and history, concentrating on four distinct aspects: technological, operations and management, social, and commercialization.


By Wendy Rickard The growing popularity of domain names as commodities is challenging legal and public policy structures as well as the DNS infrastructure. But if cyberspace promises near-limitless resources for businesses and individuals, why are so many worried about getting-and keeping-the domain names they want? It's time to think beyond the code and create a future in which domain names are irrelevant.

Internetship: Good Citizenship on the Internet

By Nicholas R. Trio More people than ever are participating in cybercafés, cybernewsstands, and cyber front offices, proving that the Internet has become the place to meet, attend classes, and work. As its function within society grows, so does the need for a commonly shared set of guidelines defining acceptable and unacceptable behaviors.

March/April 1997

Random Thoughts on Delivering End-to-End Quality of Service on the Internet
By Paul Ferguson Delivering quality of service is more important than ever for reasons of congestion and simple commercial differentiation. But what is the long-term implication of such prioritization? And will it work?

Fixing the Internet
By Wendy Rickard Initiatives such as Internet 2 may offer relief from the network congestion and traffic that are frustrating users, but there are many other problems with the Internet that need to be fixed.

Will Commercial Networks Prevail in Emerging Nations?
By Larry Press Part of the Emerging Nations series.

January/February 1997

Do Internet Addresses Have a Value?
By Geoff Huston In today's mass marketing of the Internet, IP addresses have a perceived if undefinable value. It is the relationship between its uniqueness, routability, contiguous size, and utility factor that may be the key to uncovering its true value.

News on the Internet: Technologies and Trends
By Dr. Yuri Quintana The Internet and other multimedia technologies are changing the way we look at news-where it comes from, how it is organized, and how we receive it.

Back to the Future
By Donald M. Heath The generation and distribution of electricity spawned whole industries and eventually led to a decidedly different role for power companies than originally imagined. That parallel process is happening today with relation to the Internet. How will the telecommunications companies and the PTTs of the world manage this opportunity?

Seeding Networks: The Federal Role
By Larry Press From Claude Chappe's semaphore towers to Morse's telegraph to ARPANET, the federal government-both abroad and within the United States-has historically been a vital force in getting technological development up, rolling, and to the people.

The Internet and Global Trade: Potential for the Asia-Pacific Region
By Madanmohan Rao The Eye on Emerging Nations column focuses on the Internet's impact on trade in Asia and the Pacific.

November/December 1996

The Internet Society and Developing Countries
By George Sadowsky Plans to introduce networking into developing countries need to address a multitude of issues, many of which are not generally factors in more-developed countries. Find out what the Internet Society is doing to "bring the Internet where no Net has gone before."

The Knowledge Roadblock
By Wendy Rickard Laws about intellectual property could undermine education and research worldwide. Many are still wrestling with connectivity. Will content be available once they're up and running?/TD>

September/October 1996

What's in a Name? - New Challenges for DNS
By Nicholas Trio The Domain Name System provides the basis for converting names of machines into IP addresses and back again. It has also become a resource allocator, a marketing tool, and a growing source of frustration for trademark holders.

Find You Find Me
By Susan Estrada The Internet pioneer and NetPages publisher asks three experts for their views on Internet directory services. Find out what's being done to deliver those services and the broader implications for privacy and security.

January/February 1996

Cuba Networking Update
By Larry Press and Carlos Armas In the face of continued economic crises, Cuba's connectivity infrastructure has not only survived but also grown - and now comprises four major international networks.
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