<-- The Filter --> November 1998

October 15, 1998
 No. 1.5  .  The Filter  .  11.02.98

Your regular dose of public interest Internet news and commentary from
the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

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In the News  |  Dispatches  |  Bookmarks  |  Quotable  |  Talk Back  |  Berkman News  |  Coming Soon  |  Subscription Info  |  About Us  |  Not a Copyright


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IN THE NEWS

> Spammer Slammed: The Washington State District Attorney filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against a 24-year-old man accused of sending unsolicited email to millions of Internet users promoting a get-rich-quick-on-the-Net pamphlet. Under a new Washington law, sending spam with false or misleading headers is illegal.

      http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/15786.html

> Distance Learning Gets a Boost: Earlier this month, President Clinton signed the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, granting a limited number of distance learners access to federal grant and loan programs. Detractors worry that the move will cause a flood of "digital diploma mills" online and undermine rigid quality standards.

      http://www.ed.gov/legislation/HEA/

> Digital Copyright Lives: President Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act last week, officially making it illegal to hack through the codes protecting intellectual property from theft or piracy on the Internet and in software media.

      http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/10/cyber/articles/29wipo.html

> I Think ICANN: Berkman Executive Director Jonathan Zittrain comments on the latest developments in the changeover of the DNS from government to private control under the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

      http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/10/cyber/cyberlaw/23law.html


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DISPATCHES

The following three dispatches are commentary on the new domain name corporation by Filter editor Brooke Biggs, Berkman Center Director Charles Nesson, and Berkman Professor Lawrence Lessig:

      http://cyber.harvard.edu/filter/index_biggs.dns.html

      http://cyber.harvard.edu/filter/index_nesson.dns.html

      http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/proposals/comments/scanned/L... tm


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BOOKMARKS

      * The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email
      http://www.cauce.org/

A volunteer organization pushing for policy provisions limiting the amount of spam on the Internet.

      * Edge
      http://www.edge.org/

An occasionally updated e-zine with essays and debates on social, political, and cultural issues. The Edge Foundation was founded in 1988 by John Brockman, and includes many of the usual suspects of current technological thought, including Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly, George Dyson and others.


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QUOTABLE

"To: aka Franklin D.

If we fight them together we can win ... and what a victory it would be ...The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Your Comrad [sic], Joseph Stalin."
—Netscape CEO James Barksdale, in a 1994 email to AOL CEO Steve Case

      http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/15839.html

"We are not trying to get anyone to buy more computers."
—Intel chairman Andrew Grove

      http://www.ditherati.com/archive/


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TALK BACK

Comments? Questions? Opinions? Submissions?
Send a letter to the editor at filter-editor@cyber.harvard.edu

See who's writing to us—recent letters may be found here:

      http://cyber.harvard.edu/filter/letters.html


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BERKMAN NEWS

The Berkman Center was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Internet pioneer Jon Postel, and sends sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues. For a moving tribute to the man from fellow pioneer Vint Cerf, visit:

      http://www.fichtner.net/cerf.html

Professor Lawrence Lessig and Jonathan Zittrain continue to shadow the Microsoft antitrust case in their Microsoft vs. the DOJ seminar. Visit the site to catch up on recent events and related readings at:

      http://cyber.harvard.edu/msdoj/

Resident Fellow Andrew McLaughlin is heading up the Deliberative Polling project, an ambitious experiment in Internet self-governance. Learn more about it at:

      http://cyber.harvard.edu/9-10mtg/idp.html


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COMING SOON

Join a unique online event this month: The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is hosting ADR CyberWeek from November 9-13. CyberWeek, coordinated by UMass's Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, is a five-day online conference about disputes and dispute resolution in the online environment. Online participants will be able to engage in discussions, mini-courses, software demonstrations, and a variety of hand-on activities that have been developed to assist in settling disputes in cyberspace.

Cyberweek is free. Information about how to participate and who is sponsoring the event is available at:

      http://www.umass.edu/cyber


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