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An Atlas of Cyberspaces

"CyberGeography is the study of the spatial nature of computer communications networks, particularly the Internet, the World-Wide Web and other electronic 'places' that exist behind our computer screens, popularly referred to as cyberspace." The Atlas of Cyberspaces highlights many efforts from around the world to visualize this type of information. Some of the features have links to download...
Argonne National Laboratory: Newton BBS

The Argonne National Laboratory, Division of Educational Programs offers the Newton BBS. The program started in November of 1991 as an educational resource and a place for K-12 science, math and computer teachers and their students to practice telecommunications, to contact research scientists, and to connect teachers. Students and teachers can submit a question about math, science or computers or...
BBC: Birth of the Internet

In this article from the BBC Click Online, Robert Kahn, the Internet's co-inventor, "tells how it all began, when, as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at MIT, he took a leave of absence to brush up on his networking theory." The article gives a sense for the innovative work that went into creating the Internet and also discusses the lack of attention given to security issues early...
Becoming WebWise

Sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Becoming Webwise is an online course for the novice Internet user that wants to learn at his/her own pace. The course consists of eight sections that take users through the Internet basics in a simple and easy-to-follow format. Becoming WebWise covers topics such as getting connected, emailing, searching, bookmarking, creating address books,...
Conducting Research Surveys via Email and the Web

While many visitors to commercial websites may find themselves asked to take part in any number of marketing-type surveys, more and more scholars are attempting to use the web to create well-defined surveys to examine academic questions. This intriguing publication from the RAND Organization (conducted by Matthias Schonlau, Ronald D. Fricker, Jr., and Marc N. Elliott) examines the validity of a...
Copernic Agent 6.0 Basic

New applications for searching the Web are released daily, but Copernic Agent 6.0 is one of the more user-friendly and powerful ones available. Copernic Agent 6.0 Basic is a free Web-search engine that has the capability to query over 90 search engines grouped into categories. The application is also completely customizable, and users can keep histories for their search queries and sort the...
Dr. Dobbs TechNetcast

Dr. Dobbs TechNetcast, produced by Dr. Dobbs Journal and the Pseudo Online Network, broadcasts live shows every Friday afternoon covering a wide range of Internet topics. Past topics include C++, Dynamic HTML, Java, Web Graphic Design, and Internet Security. Each show, hosted by Philippe Lourier, features an expert special guest. The shows are archived and can be viewed using RealPlayer....
E-Rate and the Digital Divide: A Preliminary Analysis From the Integrated Studies of Educational Technology

Funded by the Department of Education, this report offers the first comprehensive consideration of the effects of the Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries (known as the "E-Rate") created as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 "to provide discounts on the cost of telecommunications services and equipment to all public and private schools and libraries." The specific aim of the...
Federal Communications Commission Release of Data on High-Speed Internet Access

Released in June 2003, this report from the FCC outlines several statistics about the growth of high-speed Internet subscribers as of December 31, 2002. The report breaks down the data by technology (i.e. DSL, cable modem, etc.), by type of user, by state, and several other factors. Nationwide, it is shown that "subscribership to high-speed services increased by 23% during the second half of 2002,...
Freedom House: Press Freedom Survey 2000

Published by Freedom House, a non-partisan advocacy organization for democracy and human rights worldwide founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie, and others, the 2000 edition of the Press Freedom Survey offers a "country-by-country worldwide assessment of press freedom." This year's study, which examines freedom of the press in 186 countries, pays special attention to government...
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