Internet

Stories From The Great Divide

One-third of the overall U.S. population uses the Internet at home, compared to just 16% of Latinos and 19% of African Americans, according to recent U.S. Department of Commerce statistics. Cyberstate.org has grand plans to help close the digital divide.


While the LA Times says Minorities Use the Web Differently. African Americans were more likely than other groups to focus on career advancement and professional development, education, family and relationships and entertainment. Latinos were more likely to use the Internet as a major source of news content, particularly for international news.


Meanwhile in the UK the divide seems to be at Work as well, A survey of 200 large firms across Britain, conducted by KPMG\'s legal arm, KLegal, found that 30% did not provide staff below middle management level with internet access. That figure increased to 40% when specialist information technology firms were stripped out of the sample.
In a somewhat related story, BT is turning pay phones into temprarially free internet kiosks, Story Here.

Congressional Web Learning Report

The NY Times has a Story on The Commission on Web-based Education. They had
identified seven key points in its report on harnessing the learning power of the Internet.

\"If you throw a rock in Washington, D.C., you\'re bound to hit someone in favor of wide expansion of broadband -- there are lots of people pulling for it,\"

Berners-Lee On The Web

SiliconValley.com has an Interview with Tim Berners-Lee on the past, present and future of the web. He worries the web may spin out of control.

``My worry is that we\'ll make a system that isn\'t conceptually clean enough . . . so that in 10 years time, we\'ll find the technology is limiting,\'\' he said.


He also says he wishes he didn\'t put the double slashes in URL\'s, they are a pain, aren\'t they?

Search engines need to improve

ZD Net has an interesting Look At search engines. They say people get \"Web-rage\" after searching for 12 minutes, and not finding what you\'re looking for. They say all that information is just overwhelming.

\"A great majority, (86 percent) of Internet users feel that a more efficient way to search the Web for accurate information should be in place,\" Roper Starch Worldwide researchers wrote.\"


The other 14% must not actually use the internet.

Grading the Library Portals

Onlineinc.com has a Report Card on all the major librarian portal sites. They were tough graders, not many A\'s were given out! They didn\'t grade us, though I\'m not sure we fit with the rest of the portals they review. LibraryLand, Internet Public Library Services for Librarians, and Internet Library for Librarians all got A\'s.

\"The ideal library portal will have the most thorough coverage possible in several areas of the library profession for all types of libraries.\"

Reliable Resource?

In a survey conducted by Buson-Marstelle, one third of reporters interviewed claimed that the internet is their first point of reference. 57 percent were said to faithfully believe that the Internet was a reliable source of information. On an even more interesting note, only a quarter of these journalists said that they would turn to their company’s archives or library for information.[more]

We can only hope that these news professionals have been given the training needed to discern the true quality and reliability of online information. Unfortunately notorious past mistakes suggest that this may not be the case.

A Fast-Changing Genie Alters the World

The NY Times has a Nice Story on the impact of the WWW on the W. It\'s a nice look at the past, present and future of the web.

\"In a remarkably short period, the World Wide Web has touched or has promised to alter — some would say threaten — virtually every aspect of modern life.\"

The 1st eMail Ever

I found this one over on Slashdot.org.Pretext.com has an Interview and Story on the very first eMail ever sent.

\"Sometime in late 1971, a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message.\"

Dubbya on the \'Net

Wired has a Story on how the new administration here in the USA will be handling the internet. Check out the National Academy of Sciences report -
Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids from Pornography and
Their Applicability to Other Inappropriate Internet Content
. Dubbya is likely to come down on internet free speech.

\"If you\'re a child, have a computer and know how to type, you can access anything you want on the Internet,\" Donnerstein said. \"The question is, what does this material do? What effects does it have?\"

Internet2: What does it mean for Libraries

Here is a summary of a speech given by Clifford Lynch entitled \"Internet2: What does it mean for Libraries and Librarians?\". If you don\'t know what the I2 is, this is a good place to start to learn about it. You can also learn more at Whatis.com

\"Internet2 is a collaboration among more than 100 U.S. universities to develop networking and advanced applications for learning and research. Since much teaching, learning, and collaborative research may require real-time multimedia and high-bandwidth interconnection, a major aspect of Internet2 is adding sufficient network infrastructure to support such applications.\"

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