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                Technology and Human Responsibility for the Future
    
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    Issue #10      Copyright 1996 O'Reilly & Associates         March 19, 1996
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
                         On the Web: http://netfuture.org
         You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes.
    
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    CONTENTS:
    *** Editor's note
    *** Cyberhate in Canada
          The end of prejudice?
    *** The Net, or Huckleberry Finn?
          Billions of dollars on one side; can we find 30 sec. on the other?
    *** Spider or fly?  Wrong question (Marco de Vivo)
          I surf; therefore I am
    *** A quick guide to the politics of cyberspace, pt. 4 (Richard Sclove)
          Of activism and individual responsibility
    *** The future does not belong to Walter Mitty (Christopher M. Stahnke)
          Technology and the need to feed our spirits
    *** The Internet is for adults (Bob Schmidt)
          Leave children out of it
    *** The Net does not cause psychic fragmentation (Christopher Frankonis)
          Although it may amplify it
    *** Do computers benefit education? (Stephen L. Talbott)
          A new paradigm needs more than glamor
    *** About this newsletter (Stephen L. Talbott)
    

    *** Editor's note

    There are some unhappy campers out there among our readers, and the spate of criticism directed at NETFUTURE and its editor would swell this issue beyond reason, so I have split it into two issues. That is, the issue following this one, which I will post in just a couple of days, will be given over to the literature of discontent.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Richard Sclove of the Loka Institute continues his immensely sane exploration of the politics of cyberspace in this, the penultimate installment of our interview with him. And Lowell Monke's review of Neil Postman's most recent book has drawn some vigorous comment.

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    *** Cyberhate in Canada

    This little item just came through on Edupage. On the face of it, it certainly relates to our earlier discussion of the Net as an instrument for overcoming prejudice.

    B'Nai Brith says anti-Semitic harassment in Canada is on the rise because of an "exponential growth of cyberhate." The Canadian Solicitor-General says the problem is difficult to cope with because it crosses several public and government jurisdictions. (Toronto Globe & Mail 15 Mar 96 A6)
    If any of our readers can flesh out the picture from direct experience or research, it would be nice to hear from you.

    SLT

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