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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 The author argues that not only do we misconstrue tradition by clinging to what is obsolete, but that technology is in fact an indispensable ally of culture.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.
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