Safety Ed International

Deborah Harper writes \"I would like to introduce you to Safety Ed International.

SafetyEd International is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of California, and run by volunteers with many years experience in Internet safety education and child advocacy. Founded on August 1,1998, it is made up of skilled Internet users who work in the field of cyberspace safety and safety education.


Web Fact-Finding Affecting the Art of Conversation

SomeOne writes \"This article from the New York Times talks about how fact-finding on the Web is affecting the art of social debate and conversation.

\"According to some linguists, what is more interesting than the trivia [found on the Web] itself is the effect that its online availability is having on modern conversation.\"

Unfortunately, the article only briefly mentions the issue of reliability of information on the Web. \"

They also say With the Web providing easy access to information, stupid trivia questions are now easily and definitively answered with the help of the Web and its ability to house a billion or so facts. You don\'t need an MLS to find out how much \"The Blair Witch Project\" cost to make.


Review of SurfWax - A Web Research Tool

LLRX writes \"Kathy Biehl evaluates a tool called SurfWax that makes it easier to locate and organize online information and research into a more efficient, manageable process. The article is published in the December 3, 2001 issue of \"

I\'m not sure what to make of Surfwax myself, Kathy has written an excellent review, Check it out , and then check out Surfwax, could be the shape of search engines to come.


The Web Never Forgets

The LATimes
has an Interesting Story on US
government agencies that tried to remove sensitive
information, only to discover that copies have
proliferated and they\'re virtually impossible to eradicate.

\"The Internet is not like a faucet you can turn off
and on. It\'s like a leaky faucet that keeps dripping long
after it\'s turned off,\" said Gary Bass, executive director of
OMB Watch


Sampling The Circle Of Gifts

I\'m not sure Walt Crawford ever sleeps, or, he may actually write in his sleep....
This month in Econtent Magazine [The story isn\'t online] he has a story about what\'s working on the web today.

He says it\'s OK that not everything on the internet isn\'t about making money, unlike what we see on TV all the time, and in fact, the internet got started by an informal circle of gifts. Everyone chipped in a little, and things worked pretty well. He covers several internet based media types that are working well (Weblogs like this being one) and says being in the current circle of gifts is just fun.
He\'s right, it really is fun!


The U\'s Gopher system was the early way around the Net

The Star Tribune has a Look At the history of \"Gopher\" through the eyes of the folks that created it.

\"The user-friendly Gopher made the Internet a neat and orderly place, like a library. Soon other technologies were built to enhance Gopher.\"


10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library

AlaOnline has an Older Story that gives us 10 reasons why the Internet is no substitute for a library.

The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable, and Not Everything Is on the Internet, are just 2.
This article originally appeared in American Libraries, April 2001, p. 76–78.


A Proposed \"Anti-Thesaurus\" Metadata Tag

Anne Gometz writes \"Nicholas Carroll of Hasting Research Inc. has posted a paper prosposing a new metadata tag. If implemented this could be of great help to librarians, the world\'s most intensive web users (IMHO). See \"The Anti-Thesaurus: A Proposal For Improving Internet Search While Reducing Unnecessary Traffic Loads\" at for details. \"


Why the Internet Doesn\'t Change Everything

HBS Working Knowledge has an interesting Story by Debora L. Spar on the changes the internet has brought, and why they aren\'t entirely different from other changes we\'ve seen in the past.

This was Excerpted from her book, Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet.

\"The one thing that I think will be most dramatic, though, is the ability of the Internet to sneak information around the governments who would be most likely to try to stop its flow.\"


Yahoo adopts paid search listings is Saying Yahoo! plans to integrate Overture\'s [you may know them as] paid listings, or \"sponsor matches,\" with its directory pages by Thursday.

I\'m not sure what to think of this, but I\'m sure I don\'t like it. Is this going to taint my search results?

\"Yahoo Sponsor Matches is consistent with our strategy to leverage our core strengths in order to build growing and diverse revenues,\" Yahoo CEO Terry Semel said in a statement. \"Millions of Internet searches conducted on Yahoo each day are commercial in nature, giving businesses tremendous opportunity to market their products and services through enhanced placement in our search results.\"



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