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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 RaoAs 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.

I Think ICANN 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.
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