ERIC Number: ED422833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Internet: A California Policy Perspective.
Umbach, Kenneth W.
This paper reviews the background and key terminology of the Internet, its current scope and use, and a selection of public policy issues. "Chapter 1: What Is the Internet?" includes an overview; capsule history; explanation of how the Internet works; basic terminology; and the kinds of information available on the Internet. "Chapter 2: Commerce on the Internet" discusses general requirements of electronic commerce; digital signatures; online payment systems; taxation and the Internet; business and professional licensure and certification; competition with local businesses; trademark and domain name disputes; antitrust issues; telecommunications regulation; impact on the phone system; online commerce risks from power failures; and policy options. "Chapter 3: Government on the Internet" gives and overview of federal, California state, and local government uses of the Internet and selects some sites for purposes of illustration. "Chapter 4: Libraries and Education on the Internet" discusses issues related to new media; libraries, schools and colleges on the Internet; lifelong learning; and policy options. "Chapter 5: Privacy, Freedom of Speech, and Internet Abuse" outlines issues of personal privacy; freedom of speech; risks to children and adults from materials and activities online; Internet data security risks; and types of misuse and abuse. "Chapter 6: Improving Access to the Internet" looks at some of the barriers to access and some ways of improving access. (Bibliography includes 44 listings. A glossary defines selected terms and refers readers to dictionaries. Concludes summary of sites illustrating the myriad types of private-sector online services and information.) (DLS)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Electronic Libraries, Freedom of Speech, Information Policy, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Internet, Privacy, State Government, Telecommunications
California Research Bureau, California State Library, 900 N Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Library, Sacramento. California Research Bureau.
Identifiers - Location: California