Sizing Up The Competition

I was working on rewriting the \"See Also\": page here at LISNews, and it occured to me that this would make a nice little story.

LISNews isn\'t the only place on the internet for L.I.S. oriented news. Now, I know you\'re thinking, \"But Blake, it\'s my favorite, and I\'m sure it\'s the best!\". Well... you\'re probably right, but, let\'s just give the others a chance, they are worth a read now and then...Read on to see what else the WWW has to offer!


Fan fantasy fiction

Today\'s Chicago Tribune carries an L.A. Times article about slash fiction -- homoerotic stories written mostly about TV characters by straight female fans.

I had heard of this stuff being written about Star Trek and Xena characters, but The A-Team? I pity the fool ...


Finding Free Internet Access for Those Without

Rebecca Weiner of The New York Times writes, \"Prodded by high-profile efforts to close the gap between students with access to technology and students without, 98 percent of the country\'s public schools have been wired for Internet connections. But for many low-income students, that access disappears once schools close their doors for the summer.\" [more...] from The Daily News.



Lee Hadden writes: \" Steven Levy has an
interesting article in the May 28th issue of
Newsweek on what it is like to have your book placed
on the Internet for
people to download for free. A discussion of writers\'
rights, copyright
infringement, and the World Wide Web.
Steven Levy. \"The Day I Got Napsterized: First they
Came for
Metallica. Then They Came for Tom Clancy. And Now
They Came for Me..\"
Newsweek. May 28, 2001. Page 44.
Read more about it at:


Future of the Internet

Margaret was nice enough to send along This
on a brave new plan to start \"splinternets\".
The author says the current one Internet Is Not
Enough because the Internet is subject to substantial
regulation. The solution is more Internets, not more
Future networks could offer porn-free
surfing—others, porn-only, perhaps with privacy
guarantees. Maybe a library only internet too?


Internet access in Rwanda

Margaret writes:

\"Can Rwanda use new technology to escape poverty? Ben Hewitt looks at the challenges ahead.\" This article gives an interesting perspective on Internet access in Rwanda, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Government\'s plans are detailed and useful statistics are supplied. Those who are concerned with siiues souuronding the \'digital divide\' will find it of particular interest. \"


Information access policy

Someone writes \"
A recent article from the Bulletin of the American Society
for Information Science and Technology, \"Information
policy: from the local to the global\" is worth a read. The
article reviews information access policies at various
geopolitical levels including international, regional,
national and local. The impact of copyright, the \'global
information economy\', the difficulties of administering
information policy, telecentres etc are all outlined. \"

Full Story


Bad News @ Questia Media

The Houston Chronicle is Reporting Questia laid off half of its work force Tuesday. They are also slowing down the pace at which books are added to the site because it was too hard to raise enough additional cash from investors to justify the pace at which it was adding books. Laid-off employees will receive eight weeks of pay and 60 days of benefits, not too bad I guess. They\'ve also had a fivefold increase in the number of paying subscribers in the past two weeks alone, that puts the number at around 5,000.

Topic: Now Links to Porn Site!

Amy Hollingsworth writes \"Since 20% of our subscribers are libraries, I thought you might want to post this. It\'s a terrible situation: people trying to access information on homeschooling will instead be sent to a porn site. It\'s one of those sites that doesn\'t let you escape; it keeps opening multiple windows until the browser or computer crashes.

We appreciate any help you can offer in getting the word out!

Sites that originally linked to Home Education Magazine through should now use:

Full Relase Follows


A Google of Google Stories

Research Buzz says that the Usenet archives are back. You can now search back to May 1995 and find all the old stupid things you said. Google Groups

Techreview has a Story on the next generation of smart search engines.

Wired has A Look at Monika Henzinger, the director of research at Google, and her life as a \"woman\".She says, \"I\'m a scientist. I really think of myself as a scientist.\"

The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine is everything you ever wanted to know on the subject.

InternetWeek takes A Look at google\'s guts. They have about 8,000 servers, had 10.9 million unique visitors in March, has indexed 1.3 Web billion pages on over a petabyte of storage, and does it all on Linux.



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