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This Story, from Wired, gives an update on
the Commission on Child Online Protection [COPA]unanimously endorsed a largely hands-off approach to the Internet, while saying that practices such as mislabeling adult sites as innocuous should be against the law. The final report does not recommend additional criminal laws or a .xxx or .sex top-level domain. Instead, it calls for more \"public education\" and \"responsible adult empowerment.\"
Be sure to check out the COPA Research Papers , a collection of Pro and Con reports from a wide spectrum of folks on both sides of the debate, including:
European Union, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Morality in Media, OCLC Office of Research, Peacefire.org, and U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Science.
World has a nice
Story that likens the internet to a library where
books are strewn across the floor rather than arranged
in neatly organized stacks. They say libraries have
\"metadata\": specific descriptive elements like \"subject\"
and \"author\" that are recorded and indexed in a
standardized way, unlike the net, which is a big mess.
Maybe The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative will finally
\"What we see is that the necessary expertise to
develop metadata applications is declining,\" says
Stuart Weibel, co-director of the Dublin Core Metadata
The Digital Divide Network is beginning the
groundwork to develop a searchable, national
database of public Internet
access points and other local digital divide initiatives.
Users will be able
to input their location and find out what\'s going on in
regarding the digital divide. We\'ve partnered with a
range of national
organizations and government entities, including the
Association, the US Departments of Education and
Commerce, HUD, PowerUp, and
other institutions to gather the latest information on the
types of digital
divide initiatives available in each community across
There is more... -- Read More
MSNBC has a Story on a report from The Gartner Group on the digital divide. They say that 75 percent of U.S. households would be linked to the Internet by 2005, up from 50 percent today. That\'s the good news. The bad news is millions will not be \"Wired\". I\'m not sure if they took into account your friendly neighborhood library.
\"The fate of the 50 million adults who will suddenly find themselves functionally \'illiterate\' in the new economy is an issue of profound importance,\" -- Read More
Bob Cox sent in This Story from The BBC. Talks
about Journalist Alan Travis,who wrotea history of
censorship in the UK, \"Bound and Gagged, A Secret
History of Obscenity in Britain \". He seems to think
the internet will come under increasingly restrictive
\"Unfortunately, I think the great libertarian days
of cyberspace, whereby you can have a very powerful
medium beamed into every home which won\'t in some
way be limited in terms of what material comes
through, is over.\" -- Read More
Wired has a story
that admits all that
is free on the web is not all good. The story goes into Questia and
ebrary.com, 2 companies working to bring some
authority control to the web, for a fee of course.
\"The element that the Internet is missing most
is valuable, authoritative information,\" said Christopher
Warnock, CEO of ebrary.com. \"For a lot of students, if
information doesn\'t exist on the Internet, it doesn\'t
exist.\" -- Read More
Eric Rumsey at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, has written a nifty report on Google and Yahoo!. He says he has found solid evidence that Google\'s new alliances, especially the pact with Yahoo! that was announced in June, seem to have compromised its ability to find directories.
More to the story from google and slashdot, read on.... -- Read More
Finding Information on the Internet from the University of California, Berkeley, is a great tutorial someone recommended for a quick link. This is one of the best (If not THE best) tutorials on the web for this topic. They cover evaluation, search stratagies, Detailed instructions for the best search engines, and the 5 options for finding information on the web.
According to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District, in Manhattan, a link can be
bad or good. It mainly turns on whether the linker\'s intent
is laudable or not.\" -- Read More
We hear a lot these days about the fact that web
\"vertical.\" And many new vertical portals are being
communities and researchers to focus better than ever
on special topics.
Vertical portals are major web sites or community
destinations focused on
specific topics, niches, or demographic affiliations. To
keep on top of the
latest news relating to vertical portals, their
successes and failures, and the communities they
seek to connect with, try
Vertical Buzz, a handy, hand-edited digest of vertical
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A companion web site about vertical portals is slated to
launch in the late