Good News about the Internet

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Good News on the Internet

As an antidote to shock horror stories about the Internet, I have put this page together as a collection of some of the many and vairied sites and uses to which the Internet is put. It consists of extracts from Madanmohan Rao's (rao@igc.org) "International Internet NewsClips" posted to the cpsr-global@cpsr.org mailing list between December 95 and May 96. The full version plus archives are on the Internet World site (http://netday.iworld.com/business/NATW.html).

Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 13:14:14 -0700

British Museum, Arts Board Set Up Web Sites

Britain's Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/) has redesigned its Web pages, including some online-only exhibits and events in addition to regular displays ranging from flesh-eating maggots to meteorites. Britain's ten Regional Arts Boards (http://www.poptel.org.uk/arts/) have launched a major Web site with links to over a hundred arts and cultural Web sites, an e- mail directory for the arts, and an interactive map with regional information about the arts.
(The Telegraph, Britain; December 15, 1995)

Australian Radio Service Launches Innovative Web Presence

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (http://www.abc.net.au) has launched a Web site which seems to be a major undertaking. Over 1,000 Web pages are stitched together, offering TV and radio schedules, online shopping, a Sydney home page, links to amateur fan sites, and very easily accessible radio news transcripts. Transcripts of programs about youth affairs are used by teachers, who print them out and distribute them in the classroom. Archives are also available for the law, media and business reports. Perhaps the permanency of the written word will add a little longevity and weight to the fleeting and ephemeral nature of radio.
(Sydney Morning Herald; December 12, 1995)

National Library Of New Zealand Opens Web Site

The National Library of New Zealand (http://www.natlib.govt.nz) has set up a Web site which provides an overview of services like the latest exhibition, business resources, national documentary heritage, and a virtual tour of the building. Schools and educators will eventually be able to place requests online. The Library Without Walls section contains links to national libraries around the world. A separate text-only version has also been created.
(InfoTech Weekly, New Zealand; December 11, 1995)

Non-English-Language Sites Proliferate On The Internet

Though cyberspace has always been dominated by English, linguistic diversity is beginning to thrive on the Internet. The Virtual Language Library (http://www.williamette.edu/~tjones/languages/WWW_Virtual_Library_Language.html) lists regional databases across the world where information about foreign language Web pages and newsgroups is stored. Another Web site (http://www.gnn.com/gnn/wic/soc.77.html) provides a comprehensive list of sites and directories of non-English Web pages, from Finnish to Latin.
(The European, November 29, 1995)
Marsha Woodbury (marsha-w@uiuc.edu), moderator of the CPSR-Global mailing list, added "check out http://www.cpsr.org/dox/lists/global/globlib.html and give me your additions..."

Date: Mon, 8 Jan 1996 07:54:35 -0600

Australian Telco Offers Directories, Maps, Multilingual Support

Having put Australia's 55 White Pages directories on the Internet in September - making Australia the only country in the world whose residential and business phone numbers are readily available to the rest of the world via the Net - Telstra has extended the service to include location maps and multilingual support. Telstra has been already able to attach street maps to the phone listings of all but 5 per cent of Sydney business and government addresses. But Telstra is taking a cautious approach to providing the same facility for residential addresses. "It's a concern about privacy and people's expectations of privacy. People haven't authorised us to embellish that data," said a Telstra representative. While most of the accesses to Telstra's directory are from within Australia, many also come from overseas. As a result, Telstra has also developed versions of the Internet site in German, Italian and Indonesian - three countries that most frequently call Australia.
(Sydney Morning Herald; January 2, 1996)

Religions Establish Outposts On Internet

Religion, born millennia before electricity, is alive and well on the Internet. Like the real world, the Internet includes an awesome range of faiths, as well as skepticism. Religious sites on the Web include the First Church of Cyberspace (http://www.execpc.com/~chender), Kwanzaa Information Center (http://www.melanet.com/melanet/kwanzaa/), PrayerNet (http://www.prayernet.com), Salaam Alaikum (http://www.com/~altaf/altaf.html), and Judaism 101 (http://members.aol.com/jewfaq/index.htm).
(Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News, January 2, 1996)

Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 22:44:25 -0600

Internet Is A "Fantastic Resource" For Human Rights Activists

From Afghanistan to Zaire, violators of human rights suddenly face a potent new foe: the Internet. The global computer network is being used increasingly by human rights groups to monitor and speak out against those trample on human rights. "The Internet just makes it far more possible to get information out,'' said Mike Jendrzejczyk, Washington director for Human Rights Watch/Asia. In the past, it could take weeks for rights activists to learn about alleged violations and put together effective letter-writing campaigns. That entire process can happen now literally in a half a day, using e-mail and other Internet publishing tools. The Internet gives activists a platform and an amplifier. Oppressive regimes, however, can still track down their electronic critics at home and impose retribution. "Not all of the information on the Internet is accurate, or it may have a real agenda behind it," cautioned Martha FitzSimon, a human rights analyst.
(Cox News Service; January 26, 1996)

New Web Site Provides Link To Overseas Chinese Network

The World Chinese Business Network (http://www.cbn.com.sg) now provides information on ethnic-Chinese companies around the globe. The Web site and a forthcoming encyclopaedia on the Chinese diaspora mark ambitious projects testifying the power of the Chinese economic surge. The Web site offers information about Chinese companies, trade associations, and advertising. Currently, most of the information is about businesses in Singapore, and a dozen other countries.
(Asian Wall Street Journal; January 25, 1996)

Asian Leaders Discuss Reconstruction Of Palestine On Internet

The Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Philippine President Fidel Ramos held an online dialogue via the Internet; the third scheduled surfer, PLO leader Yasser Arafat, was grounded by a technical fault. President Ramos urged countries of the ASEAN group to help reconstruct Palestine. "I would like to suggest that we in ASEAN assist the development of Palestine in the form of foreign investment programmes," he said.
(The Straits Times, Singapore; The Jakarta Post, Indonesia; January 18, 1996)

Internet Can Improve News Flow For Developing Nations

Speaking at Indonesia's first Internet and World Wide Web conference, Madanmohan Rao of the United Nations Inter Press Service bureau said that the Internet can help balance the flow of information in developing countries, where Western media currently dominate news flow. Many media in developing countries have established an Internet presence, enabling people around the world to get news and information directly from local sources, Rao said. In Indonesia, two publications already have a Web site: Kompas (http://www.vic.com/kompas) and Republika (http://republika.co.id).
(The Jakarta Post, Indonesia; January 17, 1996)

Singapore Trade Unions Turn To Internet For Membership Outreach

The National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) of Singapore is turning to the Internet to reach its members and attract new ones. Lim Geok Hwee, NTUC's deputy director of planning and research, said the Internet could allow members to book chalets, find out the activities of various clubs, give feedback on issues, and get legal advice on labour matters.
(The Straits Times, Singapore; January 15, 1996)

Internet Extends The Range Of Grey Power

Are old people frightened of computers? Once the PC becomes a familiar mass-market item, older people may actually start to become more computer literate. This argument is put forward by Richard Adler, vice-president of SeniorNet, a non-profit organisation in San Francisco that is devoted to bringing the power of computing technology to what is tactfully termed the "older adult." Adler argues that the longer a product is around, the more closely its popularity among over-55s resembles its popularity with the rest of the population. The moral of the story is clear: oldies are getting wired. The arrival of PCs as consumer goods is allowing SeniorNet to use the Internet or online services to enrich old people's lives. SeniorNet may seem cranky today; but a decade from now, granny power will be a powerful force in cyberspace.
(Financial Times, Britain; January 8, 1996)

Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 20:24:38 -0600

Tamil Language Web Site Launched In Singapore

TamilWEB (http://irdu.nus.sg/tamilweb), a site offering selections of ancient Tamil literature, local Tamil fiction and poetry, and educational resources for students who wish to study Tamil, has been developed by National Institute of Education lecturer Naa Govindasamy and the National University of Singapore's Internet Research and Development Unit, headed by Tan Tin Wee. The page was launched at the National University of Singapore by Ong Chit Chung who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education. Dr. Ong said it was heartening that the Tamil community had joined the other communities in cyberspace.
(The Straits Times, Singapore; February 3, 1996)

Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 21:07:03 -0700

Cyberspace Project Covers Malaysia, Other Countries

The "24 Hours in Cyberspace" project (http://www.cyber24.com/), initiated by Against All Odds Productions founder Rick Smolan, is a joint effort by over 1,000 photo-journalists and writers to tell human stories behind the technology of the Internet. In Malaysia, Indonesian freelance photographer Tara Sosrowardoyo has been assigned to cover several events, starting with how a local daily newspaper is being put online to a day in the life of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. "Since your Prime Minister was the first head of state to go live on the Internet, it shows that Malaysia is committed to a new era of information technology," Tara said. Other stories include a Brazilian soap opera featuring lovers who met online; Arctic Circle computer classes for native Inuits; a California ghetto gang's home page; and a Women's Democracy workshop on electronic mail in Albania.
(The Star, Malaysia, February 9; Reuters News Agency, February 5, 1996)

Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 15:16:34 -0700

British Trade Initiative Launched On The Internet

The Information Society Initiative (http://www.isi.gov.uk/) is trying to help British business tap the potential of the Internet and related communications technologies. "The Information Society offers great opportunities to business at all levels," said Board of Trade president Ian Lang. "Proven and affordable equipment can dramatically increase productivity and give access to a new and growing marketplace. The way is open for the development of new products and services and to market traditional products in new ways to new customers."
(The Telegraph; February 16, 1996)

Cricket Mania Comes To The Internet

CricInfo (http://www.cricket.org/) may probably be the Internet's biggest single sporting site, and the richest cricketing resource anywhere. CricInfo is now pulling out all the stops for the 1996 World Cup, and will be using satellite linkups to offer live ball by ball coverage from all venues during the tournament. Local cricket information is available at the United Cricket Board World Cup Site (http://worldcup.sprintlink.co.za/), the Transvaal Cricket Board (http://os2.iafrica.com/tcb/), and the Western Province Cricket Board (http://os2.iafrica.com/wpca/). Though the Net's most popular sports site is ESPN's SportsZone (http://espn.sportszone.com/) it is heavily focused on "those American idiocies" like baseball, gridiron and basketball.
(Weekly Mail and Guardian, South Africa; February 16, 1996)

Malaysia's Wildlife Program Receives Boost Via Internet Project

Malaysia's wildlife conservation efforts received a tremendous boost when its latest elephant satellite tracking project was featured in the "24 Hours in Cyberspace" (http://www.cyber24.com) project. 680,000 users are estimated to have visited the site within the first eight hours of its opening. The pictures and stories of the latest exercise - the capture and release of a 30- year-old bull elephant - were transmitted into the Web site instantaneously. Wildlife management director Jasmi Abdul said this move to make use of the Internet had benefitted the country in education and in promoting its conservation programmes.
(The Star, Malaysia; February 11, 1996)

Date: Sat, 2 Mar 1996 14:02:14 -0700

Japanese Environment Agency To Open Web Site

Japan's Environment Agency (http://www.eic.or.jp) will begin an Internet information service on March 12, providing information on the activities of nongovernmental conservationist organizations as well as its own resources, according to agency officials. So far, most government ministries and agencies have sites on the Internet mainly devoted to promoting their own activities. But the officials said an "Eco-information Corner" on the ministry's Internet sites will be open even to citizens' organizations whose activities and aims sometimes clash with those of the agency. The site will include general information about the environment, including the ozone layer and acid rain, as well as details about environment- related legislation like the Basic Environment Law.
(Kyodo News Service, Japan; March 1, 1996)

Design Competition In Britain Launches Web Site

Last Wednesday, a Web site for BBC 2's Design Awards 1996 (http://www.bbcnc.org.uk/tv/m&a/design_awards/) was launched. Artists can enter in several categories - architecture, graphic design and product design. The pages will provide information of the entrants' progress, as well as showcase last year's winners.
(The Telegraph, Britain; March 1, 1996)

Information On Infobahn Conference In South Africa Available On Web

A major conference by the G-7 group of industrialised nations on the infobahn and social development will take place in South Africa during May. The National Information Technology Forum (http://www.systems.co.za/nitpf/welcome.html) is providing Internet access to the working papers and other information on South Africa's contribution to the conference.
(Weekly Mail and Guardian, South Africa; February 29, 1996)

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 15:13:53 -0500

Legal, Government Information In New Zealand Available Via Net

Cabinet ministers in New Zealand have been given direct access to the Internet- a move that means businesses and lobby groups have an alternative international information source through which to plead their cases. Auckland-based Law Library Management is now offering Internet access to its electronic case law database, Briefcase (http://www.kete.co.nz/briefcase/welcome.html). Briefcase contains a history of New Zealand cases published since 1986, with details on each case as well as references to other related cases and journal articles published. According to Suzanne Dowling, a director at Law Library Management, there is a growing interest in New Zealand law from countries such as Hong Kong, Canada and Australia.
(InfoTech Weekly, New Zealand; March 18, 1996)

Internet Offers Asia An Opportunity To Publish Local Content

For governments concerned about the Western domination of communications content, the good news is that the Internet offers a great opportunity to promote local cultures and values. Though as much as an estimated 90 percent of all content currently on the Web is Western-focused, Asia is now playing "catch-up." About 40 Asian newspapers are on the Web. "We should put up more information related to our countries, such as tourism information, cultural practices, religion, festivities, and other general information on Asian beliefs," said Tommi Chen of the Singapore-based ISP Asiapac, speaking at Malaysia's first Internet World conference this week. Such publishing will also be very valuable to Asian countries which have huge diaspora populations, said Madanmohan Rao of Inter Press Service news agency.
(Asia Times; New Straits Times, Malaysia; March 11, 1996)

Francophone Internet Surfers Carving Out Niche For French

As Internet use spreads, French-speaking Internet promoters are working on the first-ever online French searching software and a French vocabulary for Net users. The goal: to allow Francophone "cybernautes" to use the Net without submitting to English. "For me, the Internet is the theater for a new colonial war," said Alain Caristan, a researcher at a French computer research institute. On the Internet most information, user jargon, and search engine interfaces are in English. In February, a group of French researchers put the first all-French search engine, Lokace (http://www.iplus.fr/lokace), on the Net. The Montreal Computer Research Center in Quebec plans to launch a similar service shortly. Many users also want to stop a new Internet "Franglais" from taking hold - the use of English slang by some French Net surfers. Scientists, professors and other users in France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland feed proposals to an office of the French Ministry of Culture, which recently began a list of French Net jargon. For Pierre Oudart, who oversees the list, the Internet is a chance to unite Francophones around the world. According to Michel Cartier, a technology professor at the University of Montreal, Quebec's Net users are "on the front line of technology, soldiers of the French language." "It's fair to say the very existence of a language will be threatened if it isn't computerized," the Francophone Agency for Higher Learning and Research warns. "It is comparable to civilization's passage from oral language to written language. The French-speaking world's future is at stake."
(Associated Press; March 4, 1996)

Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 20:03:53 -0800

Website Launched For South African Independent Film

Underdog Productions has produced South Africa's first web page dedicated to South African Independent Film. Underdog's South Africa site (http://home.global.co.za/-underdog) includes information on film festivals, local independent film news, an academic look at the independent film industry in the country, and links to the Internet's most useful World Wide Web film sites and resources. "These pages have been 'constructed' for independent South African filmmakers who have never had access to this kind of information before. The Internet gives people access to huge amounts of information and we hope to be a gateway to all that information, with a uniquely South African perspective," says Underdog's Luiz DeBarros.
(The Star, South Africa; March 30, 1996)

Alternative Journalism And Human Rights Resource Available On Web

Anuradha Vittachi's OneWorld site (http://www.oneworld.org) is a one-stop shop for alternative journalism, and an umbrella site for over 60 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as publications such as Index on Censorship. For Vittachi, the Net is a platform for broadcasting at a time when issues in the developing world are being sidelined in television news agendas. Vittachi has also created a repository of information on human rights issues - for instance, when Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged in Nigeria last year, OneWorld visitors were able to access years of background information from Index on Censorship, Gemini news service, New Internationalist, Amnesty International, the Ogoni Community Association, and a full transcript of a British TV (Channel 4) documentary. Vittachi says that OneWorld is now focusing on getting more third world partners and trying to address the critical problem of the elitism of the Internet in a world where most people do not even have access to a telephone.
(Weekly Mail and Guardian, South Africa; March 29, 1996)

Australian Trading Service On The Internet Links Posts Worldwide

Austrade, the Australian government's trade and export organisation, is developing a Web-based global trading system, TradeBlazer. The system will link all of Austrade's trading posts worldwide and provide an on-line information resource for exporters. A free listing is being offered to all Australian product and service companies with hypertext links to their own home pages. 2,700 companies were already listed, but not yet with links to home pages. In the longer term Austrade planned to add an electronic marketplace facility to support on-line transactions. One of Austrade's main challenges will be how to deal with thousands of smaller companies instead of just a few larger corporates.
(Sydney Morning Herald; March 26, 1996)

Internet Cannot Be Legislated, British Minister Says

In his address to a recent conference, Britain's Science and Technology Minister Ian Taylor said that control of Internet content is beyond legislation. Taylor said this was evinced by the outcome of the controversy over access via CompuServe to newsgroups containing material deemed offensive in Germany. Instead of government control, measures need to be devised by the public and the industry. The European Council of Ministers, along with the European Commission, is also likely to oppose wider Internet legislation.
(Reuters News Agency; March 21, 1996)

Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 18:03:54 -0500

Environmentalists, Timber Industry Take Their Struggle To The Net

From discussions on forest policy to recruiting anti-logging protesters, environmentalists are turning to the Internet - and the U.S. timber industry is following their lead. Francis Eatherington of the environmental group Umpqua Watersheds said she had been frustrated in spreading her message through conventional news outlets. The Internet offers her a cheap and fast alternative. Industry has been slower to go to the Internet but is catching up quickly, according to Western Wood Products Association spokesman Butch Bernhardt in Portland. Boise Cascade Corporation debuted its Web site last July, offering employment data, manufacturing output, recycling goals and reforestation efforts. "There were some specific groups opposing us on the Internet, so it seemed a good place to tell our side,", according to a representative. Online Networking for the Environment Northwest was formed last year in Seattle to help 500 environmental groups get on the Internet. People on all sides of the timber debate warn that just because information is on the Web does not necessarily mean it is true - each side carries forward its own point of view.
(Associated Press; April 3, 1996)

British University Web Site Honours Victorian Critic

John Ruskin, Victorian sage, critic and social reformer, now has his own dedicated page on Britain's Lancaster University Web site (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/), and a digital map of Ruskin sources worldwide is on the drawing board. An ambitious project for the digitisation of the Ruskin collection is also planned. The hope is to translate all Ruskin's 1,700 artworks, 29 diaries, 300 literary manuscripts, 1,800 photo graphs and daguerreotypes, and 8,000 letters into electronic analogues. However, because of the potential for damage to the originals during the scanning process, the need for conservation of the originals will have to be balanced against the desire for quality on the Web. Furthermore, appropriate permissions will need to be secured before the material can be digitised.
(Financial Times, Britain; April 1, 1996)

Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996 21:03:25 -0600

Multilingual Translation Service Available On Web

Globalink's (http://www.globalink.com/) new Web Translator can translate Spanish, French and German Web pages into English at the click of a button. The English pages the program produces for you are not word-perfect, so there will not be sweeping redundancies of translators across the European Community - but it can more than give you a gist of the original material.
(The Telegraph, Britain; April 12, 1996)

Data On "Mad-Cow Disease" Now On Internet Site In Britain

A non-profit intergovernmental organisation has launched a comprehensive news and information service about the "mad cow disease" on the Internet. The British organisation, CAB International (http://www.cabi.org/), based in Britain, has assembled on its site the latest news reported in the scientific, technical and medical press about the disease. It also provides free access to more than 300 records on the main scientific literature published in the last six years on the disease, known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). BSE has also occurred in animals in Ireland, France, Portugal and Switzerland.
(Straits Times, Singapore; April 12, 1996)

Internet Boosts Sales Of Thai Jewellery

An increasing number of Thai jewellery manufacturers are turning to cyberspace to market their products. Richard Brown, managing director of Astral Gemstone Talismans, who pioneered the concept two years ago by putting his upmarket jewellery items on the Net, has seen a very strong expansion in sales. The field has now been thrown wide open by the management of the Jewellery Trade Centre, where a fibre-optic network gives 300 tenants Internet access. The facilities in the trade center "give a competitive advantage to our tenants that help them expand their business with overseas clients," said Kennedy Ho of the Jewellery Trade Centre. Astral Gemstone Talismans, the first Thai-based jewellery company to go on the Net, is reported to have scored a major success in sales in the key U.S. market as well as in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
(Bangkok Post; April 11, 1996)

Moscow Women Turn To Internet As A Dating Service

Russian women seem to be broadening their horizons since the end of the Cold War. Frustrated with newspaper advertisements and international dating agencies, a growing number of Russian women are hoping to become "e-mail brides" via Internet dating services in Moscow. The Florida Fedorova Marriage Service, started by former accountant Florida Fedorova, has information and photographs of about 56 Russian women on its Web site. The site gets about 6,000 visitors from around the world each month. "The fewer lonely people there are in the world, the better the world will be," said Fedorova.
(Sunday Times, Britain; April 7, 1996)

Nobel Prize Laureates Form Project To Spread Peace Via Internet

Eight Nobel Prize winners including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Oscar Arias Sanchez, Guatemalan crusader Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire have joined hands to form PeaceJam (http://www.peacejam.org), an international five-year programme specifically designed to motivate youth to spread the message of peace via the Internet. Activists can learn about the lives of the Nobel peace prize winners, conduct extensive cross country dialogues and organise online conferences on the PeaceJam Web site.
(Asian Age; March 28, 1996)

British Anti-McDonald's Activists Take Message Onto Internet

In a war that has raged for nearly two years in a British libel suit, activists have opened up a new front: the Internet. McDonald's has been in British courts since June 28, 1994, in a trial to show that a leaflet titled "What's wrong with McDonald's" is a pack of inflammatory lies. Activists accuse McDonald's of trying to stifle criticism, so they have created "McSpotlight," an Internet site that contains 25 megabytes of their attacks on the Big Mac. Mindful of Britain's libel laws, the activists have set up their Web site offshore - in the Netherlands. At least 10,000 people may have logged onto the site in the first month. Mirror sites also exist in the U.S., Finland and New Zealand. The activists call McSpotlight the "final nail in the coffin of McDonald's global censorship strategy."
(Korea Times; March 28, 1996)

Date: Mon, 22 Apr 1996 10:13:53 -0500

Internet Sites Offer Information About Conflict In Liberia

In addition to newsgroups like soc.culture.liberia, soc.culture.sierra-leone, and soc.culture.african, a number of Web sites offer useful information about the crisis in Liberia. Africa News Service (http://www.nando.net/ans/) has a feature on "Liberia: Nation in Turmoil". The OneWorld News Service (http://www.oneworld.org) offers a "progressive" viewpoint on Liberia and other Third World crises. The University of Pennsylvania's African Studies resource site (http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Country_Specific/Liberia.html) also provides several useful links to Liberian culture and politics.
(Weekly Mail and Guardian, South Africa; April 18, 1996)

Web Site Of Thai Newspaper Receives Enthusiastic Response

Feedback and comments have been quick to follow the launching of the Bangkok Post Web site on March 25. The first e-mail came from a Thai student at Carnegie Mellon University: "Thanks for posting Bangkok Post news on the Web. I enjoy reading it." From Switzerland, another student wrote: "I study in Zurich. From now on, the Bangkok Post homepage will be my access to keep up with what's going on in Thailand." Westerners from the U.S., Britain and Belgium have also been reading the Internet version of the Bangkok Post. Acting on suggestions, one week worth of stories is being kept on the site. A more detailed site with archived copies which can be accessed through text searching is being planned.
(The Bangkok Post; April 17, 1996)

Legal Information, Resources In New Zealand Available On Web

Waikato University Law School (http://www.law.waikato.ac.nz/nz.html) is a good pointer to primary legal materials in New Zealand, such as the Bill of Rights Act 1990, Biosecurity Act 1993, Privacy Act, Resource Management Act, and the Maori Law Review. Quite a few of the big commercial firms now have their own Web sites. Other sites include the Auckland Law Librarians Group (http://www.knowledge-basket.co.nz/allg/welcome.html), which is also an excellent jumping off point to other legal sites worldwide.
(InfoTech Weekly, New Zealand; April 15, 1996)

"The Virtual Magistrate" - Dispute Resolution On The Internet

For $10 per filing, anyone with a beef about a wrongful posting in cyberspace can navigate to an Internet site called the Virtual Magistrate (http://vmag.law.vill.edu:8080), click in a formal complaint, and have the dispute resolved within three days by a trained arbitrator. The month-old Virtual Magistrate is an on- line non-binding arbitration and fact-finding system designed to settle disputes involving Internet users, individuals or groups who claim to be harmed by messages, and system operators caught in the middle of these disputes. Some legal experts and Internet proponents say courts are sometimes ill-prepared to resolve these disputes because the process is slow and costly, many jurists are not familiar with the technology and most laws were written before anyone conceived of the Internet becoming widely used. The Virtual Magistrate was put on-line by the Villanova University law school and financed by the National Center for Automated Information Research. To those who want to maintain the freedom of speech that flows on the Internet, any way to keep the government out of Net affairs is welcome - especially through such dispute resolution mechanisms.
(San Jose Mercury News; April 15, 1996)

Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 09:07:56 -0500

Toxicology Resources In Malaysia Available On Internet

PRN-Net, the National Poison Centre's information service, offers up-to- date information on toxicology and poison-related issues both in Malaysia and around the world. Among the 10 topics of interest available are The Poison World, a cumulative record of major poison-related events around the world; Traditional Malay Poisons, aimed at providing a comprehensive database on the subject; and PRN Links, a collection of links to other related resources. The Malaysia- based centre has received numerous queries on drugs, hazardous chemicals, and poisons since it began operations last year.
(The Star, Malaysia; May 3, 1996)

Resources About Australian Aborigines Available On Internet

Trevor Maranda, a Gundungurran aborigine in Australia, had one thought when he put together the Gundungurra Tribal Council Web site in January. "Education," he says. "Only education. Allowing others who may not have ever realised the "true" history of the invasion of this country the chance to find out about it. Hopefully through education, people can respect our culture, and our continuing struggle in regard to land rights." Visitors to his site can read about the blood-soaked history of the Gundungurra Aboriginal people, whose traditional land encompassed a vast area of New South Wales. Maranda hopes that his example will encourage other Aboriginal communities to get wired. The Council For Aboriginal Reconciliation has another large site, the strength of which is its Reconciliation and Social Justice Library.
(Sydney Morning Herald; April 22, 1996)

Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 08:12:36 -0800

Search For Korean Bone Marrow Donor Turns To Cyberspace

Michael Doyle is searching for a bone marrow donor to save the life of his twelve-year old sister, Karen, who has leukemia. Karen's bone marrow type is hard to find, since she is of mixed parentage, including Korean. Michael Doyle broadened his search into cyberspace about two years ago when he took his sister's case on-line. Prospective donors can reach Michael through e-mail (mdoyle@cosmix.com) or through a Web site . Through a letter sent by e-mail to the Korea Herald, Michael wrote that he has so far received "an incredible response from the global Internet community," but no suitable match as yet.
(Korea Herald; May 9, 1996)
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