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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?

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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 "uilding 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
As 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
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