CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- It's an unlikely matter for the United States and other nations to lock horns over: the administration of names and numbers used to reach Internet sites.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Two ideas, diametrically opposed in philosophy and approach, have seized the attention of Internet companies and technologists over the first few years of this century. Given that the century will be so long and we have barely started yet, it's hard to say which will turn out to be most important. One stresses classification, the other community. These two ideas are attracting both money and attention, but neither has yet borne fruit.
Andy Oram Reports
A YEAR SPILLING OVER WITH COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 31, 2003 -- Editor's Note: American Reporter Webmaster Andy Oram, an editor at O'Reilly & Associates, writes each year on the promise and peril of the Internet. Here are his reflections on developments in 2003, and their significance for the years ahead. For members of our information-rich stratum in Western society, it used to be the wealth of data - that is, the results of communication - that we drowned in. But 2003 took technology to another level. It threatened to drown us in a wealth of communications channels themselves! Voice over IP, Wi-Fi access points, satellite radio, 3G cell phones - when will the cornucopia trickle to a stop?
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 20, 2002 -- Researchers around the world were stunned. A promising young graduate student, Dmitri Sklyarov, came to the United States to deliver his insights about weaknesses in a commercial product to a well-known computing conference. A few hours after his presentation, he was in jail.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 11, 2002 -- On Sept. 18, 2002, a federal security agency released a long-awaited draft containing recommendations for protecting the nation's computers and networks from attack.
Anniversary of Horror: Andy Oram Reports
BRAVE NEW CYBERWORLD: POLICY AND THE INTERNET ONE YEAR LATER
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Sept. 11, 2002 -- The attacks of Sept. 11, one year ago, not only left thousands of bereaved families but invoked in everyone a fundamental human anxiety. It cut through all psychological denial and left us facing our terrible vulnerability. And immediately, the question came up of the vulnerability of the world's computers, networks, and complex information systems.
The AR 2000 Essay: Andy Oram Reports
LED BY NAPSTER, WEBITES GRAPPLE WITH COPYRIGHT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 27, 2000 -- (Editor's Note: Each year, Andy Oram, the American Reporter's Webmaster and Internet expert, has reported on the year's leading Internet policy issue. This year, two issues vied for his attention: government surveillance of the Net and the war over copyright. Last week, he covered government surveillance (see below); now, he turns his sights on the fierce battle that has raged over intellectual property rights in cyberspace).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 11, 1999 -- "We're keeping private parts out of Nudity, right?"
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 30, 1999 -- WTO, IMF, EU: has one of these changed your life recently? How about SDMI, PICS, or CALEA?
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Knowing my interest in online democracy, people often ask me whether I let my children use the Internet without some kind of filter. In an era where libraries block information and Congress falls over itself to clamp down on sex, people put me under suspicion for running an open computer system. Against all these forces I offer a simple lesson I learned from my nine-year-old.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 27, 1998 -- Government surveillance was the most visible policy issue in cyberspace this past year. (Another contender for top position, intellectual property, will be covered in an upcoming article.) The wildly divergent proposals popping up in governments around the world make it hard to tease out a trend, but a long-range historical look suggests that a shift in strategy is underway globally.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Can a few drops of poison threaten a whole stream? Such could be the effect of hate speech on the rushing waters of the Internet. The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith warns about the dramatic increase in racist and other right-wing Web sites in the U.S.; some commentators assert that we have to put some controls on the Net. In Canada, the public is incensed over a British Columbian Internet provider who specializes in neo-Nazi and white supremacist sites.