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What\'s Doing With The Web

A gaggle of web related stories I\'ve collected and not used so far this week.

The digital divide: Ignore it at our own risk is a CNet story by who says the web is not a luxury item but is the key that opens the door to the knowledge economy, if we fail to provide access we essentially deny them an opportunity to participate in the new economy of the 21st century.

The NYTimes reports Government Sites for Children Aren\'t the Coolest, they basically stink.

Taming the Wild, Wild Web is a pathetic LA Times story that says corporations contend the Internet\'s freewheeling design kills moneymaking opportunities, so some idiots want more control so they can make more money, because they can\'t seem to figure out how to now.

Reps Warn Parents About Porn and Mom: ISP Should Pay for Kid Porn are two Wired stories on the web/porn thing.

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Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes

Melba Tomeo writes \"New York Times Magazine cover story \"Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes\" on 15-year old, who posed as a legal expert at Askme.com and gained a #3 rating. He gained his legal \"knowledge\" by watching Court TV and Judge Judy. A very provocative and well-written story, with some fascinating insight on the internet phenomenon. The NY Times requires registration but, this is the link I have
The story was in the July 15, 2001 NY Times Magazine. \"

There\'s also a Panel Discussion: \'Faking It\'

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Et Tu Yahoo?

I accidently turned off my pop-up killer this morning, and noticed that even Yahoo is running those stupid pop-up ads now.

If you surf the web as much as I do, you should be running something extra to help cut all the crap out of sites you don\'t want to deal with.

Below I have links to a bunch of handy dandy little programs that block ads and cookies, and kill those annoying pop-up ads that seem to be everywhere.
If you\'re not already running something, give one a try, they are all free, and really make things much nicer.If you know of others, feel free to tack them on to the list!

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New Internet Scout weblog

I have just found out that the excellent Internet Scout Report has a brand new weblog. It already has some interesting links including one to a digital exhibition by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on \"Early Las Vegas\" and a browser emulator which lets you look at web pages on the early 1.0 and 2.0 versions of browsers.
If you have never heard of the Scout Report, it is \"a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators\" and is well worth a look.

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Search Engine Best Of

Google has started up a Best Of Page. It\'s weak compared with Yahoo, and Lycos, but it\'s a start.
I would assume there are other pages out there, like these, I don\'t know about, can anyone make any suggestions?
It\'s always interesting to see what people think is worth reading.

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Porn sneaks past search filters

News.com is running This Story on the shortcomings of porn filters, and the rather daunting task they have keeping up.

It seems the new search engine for images at Google misses more than a few naked bodies, with the saftey turned on.

\"If you do some sort of flesh detector, what color is flesh?\" Wilde asked rhetorically. \"It\'s really that complex. And then what\'s pornographic? You have different sensitivities, especially internationally. Then there\'s hate, weapons and violence. It\'s a really, really difficult problem to solve.\"

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Internet Users Champion the Presence of Disfavored Books in Public Libraries

Lou Marano writes...
\"In a study released this month, sociologists at the College Park, Md., campus found that Internet users appear to be more open, tolerant, trusting, optimistic and literate than non-users. This cannot be dismissed simply as
the profile of a younger and better-educated group, the researchers say, because they controlled for these and other demographic factors and found that the mindset held up regardless. Internet users were found to be significantly more likely to support certain nontraditional roles for women and to champion the presence of disfavored books in public libraries.\" [more...] from Virtual New York.

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Placing Borders on the Internet

Michael Geist writes...
\"The development of cyberlaw has long been shaped by the belief that the Internet is borderless. Many observers argue that without borders, the Internet is impervious to the real-space laws that govern traditional geographic boundaries.\" [more...] from Globe Technology.

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10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library

ALA Online has a Nifty List of the 10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library.

#1: Not Everything Is on the Internet.
#10: The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable.
Read the story for the full list.

That reminds me... I first learned the definition of Ubiquitous from Monday Night Football.

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Plug yourself in to the internet

The Globe and Mail reports that major technology companies have made a breakthrough in work on using power lines to transmit data.

\"As early as October, consumers in Canada and the United States will be able to use any plug in their house to connect computers to each other and to the Web. No extra wiring will be required. Instead, a small, $99 (U.S.) device will connect a home\'s electrical system to the existing cable or telephone Internet feed.\"

More in the full story. This sounds like a great idea in theory but, as someone currently living in California, I\'m not looking to buy into this system in any hurry!

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