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Net.wars

Author: Wendy Grossman
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1997.
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"Who will rule cyberspace? And why should people care? Recently stories have appeared in a variety of news media, from the sensational to the staid, that portray the Internet as full of pornography, pedophilia, recipes for making bombs, lewd and lawless behavior, and copyright violators. And, for politicians eager for votes, or to people who have never strolled the electronic byways, regulating the Net seems as  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Grossman
ISBN: 9780814731031 0814731031
OCLC Number: 37451759
Description: viii, 237 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The year September never ended --
Make. Money. Fast --
The making of an underclass : AOL --
Guerrilla cryptographers --
Stuffing the genie back in the can of worms --
Copyright terrorists --
Exporting the first amendment --
Never wrestle a pig --
Unsafe sex in the red page district --
The wrong side of the passwords --
Beyond the borderline --
Garbage in, garbage out --
Grass roots --
The net is dead --
Networks of trust --
Dumping tea in the virtual harbor.
Other Titles: Netwars
Responsibility: Wendy M. Grossman.
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"Who will rule cyberspace? And why should people care? Recently stories have appeared in a variety of news media, from the sensational to the staid, that portray the Internet as full of pornography, pedophilia, recipes for making bombs, lewd and lawless behavior, and copyright violators. And, for politicians eager for votes, or to people who have never strolled the electronic byways, regulating the Net seems as logical and sensible as making your kids wear seat belts. Forget freedom of speech: children can read this stuff. From the point of view of those on the Net, mass-media's representation of pornography on the Internet grossly overestimates the amount that is actually available, and these stories are based on studies that are at best flawed and at worst fraudulent. To netizens, the panic over the electronic availability of bomb-making recipes and other potentially dangerous material is groundless: the same material is readily available in public libraries. Out on the Net, it seems outrageous that people who have never really experienced it are in a position to regulate it. How then, should the lines be drawn in the grey area between cyberspace and the physical world? In net.wars, Wendy Grossman, a journalist who has covered the Net since 1992 for major publications such as Wired, The Guardian, and The Telegraph, assesses the battles that will define the future of this new venue. From the Church of Scientology's raids on Net users to netizens attempts to overthrow both the Communications Decency Act and the restrictions on the export of strong encryption, net.wars explains the issues and the background behind the headlines. Among the issues covered are net scams, class divisions on the net, privacy issues, the Communications Decency Act, women online, pornography, hackers and the computer underground, net criminals and sociopaths, and more"--Publisher description.

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