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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./TD>

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.

It'sAlreadyTaken.com 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.>
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