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General Internet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Networking


Mapping Where the Data Flows
By Martin Dodge

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.

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.

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.

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.

E-Commerce

Internet Ushers in Fourth Wave of Banking and Finance Innovation

Madanmohan Rao reports from the E-Finance Asia summit in Singapore

Internet QoS: Architectures and Mechanisms for Quality of Service
Zheng Wang summarizes his new book

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

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.

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.

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?

Education

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.

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.

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.

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.

Online Learning Costs More . . . or Does It?
By Carol A. Twigg

Kidlink Makes a Small World, After All

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.

News


February 2000 News Items

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.

History


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.

Registries/DNS


Happy Trails to Trailing Hyphens

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.

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.

Encryption


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.


Developing Countries

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Papallacta Manifesto
Tele-centros.org proposes policy recommendations to reduce inequalities.

Silicon Valley 2: Is higher technology’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.

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.

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.

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

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."

World Wide Web


The New ICE Age: TV Meets the Web

Madanmohan Rao reports from the Convergence Summit in Amsterdam

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Language

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.

Accessibility

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.

Creating an Accessible Internet
By Mary Barros-Bailey

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.

Celluar Communications

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.

Legal/Regulatory

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.

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?

Women

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.

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.

Regional

Africa

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.

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.

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.

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.

Asia and the Pacific

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

By Madanmohan Rao

I*EARN Helps Sri Lankan Schools Interact

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.

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.

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.

Europe

Broadband for Regional Survival and Growth: Background and First Steps
By Lars Hornborg

Latin America


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.

The Internet in Chile: 1999 Was a Good Year

By Irit Askira Gelman

The Story of Mirador: A Search Engine for Latin America

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.

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.

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.

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.

Society/Culture

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Interviews/Profiles


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Health


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.

The Graying of the Internet
By Marcie Parker, Ph.D., CFLE

Privacy


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.

Governance/Policy


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Security


Internet Opens Up New Markets - For Hackers and Viruses As Well
Madanmohan Rao interviews Srivats Sampath, CEO, McAfee

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

Book Reviews

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.

ISOC Activities

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