This is a list of past headlines of CMC Magazine for 2004.
Please note that the links on the headlines to outside news sources
may not be valid as many online news sources rarely archive stories
very long at the same URL where they were originally published.
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CAN-SPAM in Effect
With the new year, the US Federal law, Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003, is now in effect.
Companies using email legitimately for marketing will have to be careful to
comply with the law.
Illegal spammers are expected to move offshore.
There is also an expected increase in unsolicited snail mail marketing.
(See Live Simple: Reduce junk mail and telemarketing.)
Getting Ready for Internet Protocol 6
Having more addresses possible is the biggest benefit of the upcoming Internet Protocol version 6. The downside? Software and routers have to be upgraded, and it may be slower and less secure.
Global E-Commerce Seen as Economic Engine
This article from the E-Commerce Times
examines the global market for online business including
the opportunities from growing populations of Internet
users and challenges from taxation, security, and
Online Gamers Exhibit Unanticipated Behavior
Massive multiplayer online role playing games like The Sims Online
and Everquest have proven to be profitable for
software makers. These games also have attracted the attention
of researchers who examine online behavior.
Players engage in unanticipated behavior that brings to light
social and legal issues.
Technology Falls Short on Simplicity
You want a cell phone to make a phone call?
Forget it: this is
the 21st century--you can use your cell phone to
take photos, play games,
send text messages, surf the Web, and customize your ring tones.
Analyst: The Future of IT is Adaptive
Futurist Chris Meyer
sees Information Technology reaching the peak stage of its
rapid growth curve--adaptive enterprise. The next wave of the economy--it's
The Other Side of the Bust--Lower Costs, More Reliable Technology
Bloated technology, bloated salaries, and bloated egos were the norm in the
turn-of-the-century dot com world.
But the collapse in the dot com industry did something
good--it eradicated some of the hype and rewarded those who focused
on competent, user-oriented technology that actually works.
Now this competent-edge technology is getting cheaper.
Micropayments Anticipated Soon, Again
The desire for efficient micropayments
for Web-based purchases
is nearly as old as the Web itself.
This time around,
the drive for small-amount transactions is being
fueled by something real--success stories.
Spam: Peace in Our Time?
Optimism grows in the struggle against spam, with
sender authentication systems in the works, filtering getting better,
and entrepreneurs seizing business
opportunities for developing software and systems to fight spam.
Silicon Valley Supports Bush
A economy in nine consecutive quarters of growth in gross domestic product,
pro-business policies, tax cuts, and free trade makes George W. Bush
the pick of many high-tech executives in Silicon Valley.
ICANN Keeps Focus on Basics
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
met in Rome over the weekend.
ICANN President and CEO Paul Twomey
has a vision for ICANN's role to foster international communication, while
at the same time expressed the
need to keep ICANN focused on its core technical role.
CMC Magazine Editorial
Outsourcing means more efficiency and more reliable and less expensive
software, technology, and services.
Creative entrepreneurs can use these cheaper components
to create new products and services that have never been possible before.
With global communications, the flow of work to the most efficient
workers is inevitable.
Those who rail against outsourcing should focus on developing
creative and technical skills that can capitalize on the cheaper
and more reliable components and services that can come from outsourcing or
develop the skills to create reliable and inexpensive
components and services and thus become an "outsourcer" themselves.
Peace in the Valley
Sun Microsystems and Microsoft are now getting along
because if they don't, free and open-source software communities
will take away their customers.
California Lawmaker Seeks to Limit Internet User Choices
California state senator Liz Figueroa
seeks to pass a law against a proposed Internet service that people
would choose voluntarily to gain free electronic mail service.
Figueroa, from Fremont, California,
claims that the service "reads" the user's mail and therefore is
an invasion of privacy.
Industry to Developers: Please Give Us Something That Works
While many in the United States bemoan the loss of manufacturing jobs based
on 20th, 19th, or even 18th century technologies,
a tremendous part of the
US economy begs for information technology products, services,
software, and hardware to
work more reliably, securely, easily, and simply.
Can Spam Redux
The US Congress passed the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act five months ago.
The law has done little to stop unsolicited email.
So Congress is going to try again.
Economy Booming and IT Jobs Increasing
The positive news
on the economy just keeps getting better:
information technology jobs in the United States
are growing because of increased technological activity and
because the United States remains the #1
spot for research in the world.
Where Are the Robots?
According to prognostications of many decades ago, by the year 2000,
we were supposed to have jet packs, picture phones, meals-in-a-pill, a moon base,
and of course robots, robots everywhere--running the vacuum cleaner and
serving as pets. Some folks at Carnegie Mellon University are repeating the robot expectations for a new century with the same quaint imagery of decades ago.
Judges Nix Pokey Pix
A federal appeals court ruled that a Web cam can't be used to broadcast the proceedings at the Maricopa County, Arizona jail.
Internet Users Get Maps Online, Meet Others Off
A survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project
found that 88% of online Americans say that the Internet plays a role
in their daily routines.
Among Internet users, popular activities include getting maps or directions
and communicating with friends and family.
Less popular activities included finding new people to meet
and reading for fun.
Is it the End of the Phone as We Know it?
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) changes the way people can talk to each other.
Lower costs and more features are possible using VoIP
than on the 19th-century networks initiated by Alexander Graham Bell.
Online Economy Booming
Online retail sales
are expected to grow at 17% annually through
2008, and online advertising revenue is up, but this
is just part of the picture for the online economy.
Online marketing is becoming an increasingly sophisticated means to
reach fragmented audiences.
Will Virtual Meetings Ever Replace In-Person Meetings?
Use of remote conferencing showed
an increase in interest in late 2001, and
conferencing businesses are doing well now.
But people remain obsessed with in-person meetings and don't seem interested in
giving them up despite the difficulty of travel, toll on families from absence,
higher travel expenses,
increased hassle from security measures, crowded airports, weather delays,
and terrorist threats.
Net Censorship in China Falters
The Chinese government has worked to filter Internet content
with its so-called "Great Firewall of China."
But massive amounts of open, collaborate content seeps through the cracks.
Bloggers Correct Associated Press
When the Associated Press sent out a false story about a campaign event in
West Allis, Wisconsin last week on its wire, bloggers stepped into the fray
and corrected it.
Can old media outlets like the Associated Press continue to operate
with the assumption that an unconnected, uninformed, and
passive public accepts their version of events?
Valley VCs Loving Games
Social aspects of online communication have caught the attention of Silicon Valley
venture capitalists. The next investment focus is on the outgrowth of social activities--games.
Blogosphere Shakes Up Old Media
The blogosphere has become prominent in the past week in media circles because of the scrutiny bloggers have placed on CBS News reports. Previously, bloggers have played a part in uncovering a false Associated Press story and critiquing false stories in the New York Times. Do blogs have potential for aiding problem solving in other areas?
Sims Get Ambition
The popular Sims 2 computer game
offers a virtual world of
characters programmed with
aspirations, memories, and fears.
The emergent behavior, interpreted through the user's imagination,
is the basis for the appeal of the game.
Bloggers Correct CBS News
More than eleven days after people in the blogosphere began questioning its reporting,
CBS News formally apologized for
"a mistake in judgment" for using questionable documents in a report.
The sequence of events shows how older media outlets like CBS News
are quick to dismiss commentary coming from online sources.
The incident also shows how eagerly media outlets as diverse as the Boston Globe, New York Times, and even PC Magazine stepped in to prop up the faulty reporting of CBS News in the days immediately after the original report and criticism.
Cities Consider Ministry of Internet Access
In an effort to lure the digitally inclined, some cities
are considering providing broadband, wireless Internet
access as a public amenity and passing along the bill to the taxpayers.
Internet Tops TV
The Generational Media Study conducted by the Online Publishers Association shows that 45.6 percent of respondents in the 18- to 54-year-old range picked the Internet as their first media choice, followed by 34.6 percent who chose television first.
Berners-Lee Dreams of a Web of Meaning
The next phase in the development
of the World Wide Web has to do with the Semantic Web project.
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, answers questions about the
Web's current challenges and future potential.
Court: Web Sites Need Not Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act
A federal appeals court has ruled that
Web developers need not follow
the Americans with Disabilities Act.
However, the court noted that the issue could be revisted.
Judge Stanley Marcus wrote, "In declining to evaluate the merits of this case, we are in no way unmindful that the legal questions raised are significant."
Bloggers Correct CBS News, Again
In another episode in the struggle of blogosphere
versus old news media, bloggers have shown how
CBS News has fallen for an already-debunked
hoax that a military draft is in the works.
The US Selective Service System itself
has debunked this myth on its Web site: "Selective Service is not getting ready to conduct a draft for the U.S. Armed Forces... there is no need for a draft for the War on Terrorism or
or any likely contingency, such as Iraq. Additionally, the Congress has not acted on any proposed legislation to reinstate a draft."
Other news outlets have also fallen for the military draft hoax and are erroneously reporting
that a draft is something that is impending.
Access to the Net Not Enough to Motivate Use or Learning
A survey of adults in Britain
found that few used their Net access for
lifelong learning or online courses.
Report author Dr. Neil Selwyn
said that access to the Net is not enough
to motivate people to use the Net, but
that "it is up to educators and IT companies to put forward the content that attracts people."
World Cyber Games To Begin
More than 700 video game players will gather in San Francisco
this week for a playoff involving
competitors from around the world.
Presidential Candidates Bypass Internet Advertising
The 2004 US Presidential campaign means big money to media outlets.
Of the estimated $1.5 billion campaign ad spending,
only a small fraction is spent online
a Pew Internet & American Life Project report.
WE R FMLY
Text messaging is held up as a way for parents and children to
Phishing Reels in Millions
Online identity theft continues to
claim hundreds of millions of dollars each year through email messages
tricking users to give up personal information.
A cross-industry alliance is working to stop it, but the awareness and
actions of individuals remains key to preventing the fraud.
Déjà vu All Over Again
While social networking has shown to engage many Net users, business models to earn money from social networking Web sites have been lacking. The hype around social networking sites as "the next big thing" recalls the old days of the dot-com frenzy in which fads ruled.
Content Syndication Grows Online
For decades, news publishers have sold their content to other news outlets for redistribution.
Content syndication has now broadened online to include more than just news, but
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds of all kinds
and affiliate advertising networks like Google.
Booming Economy Boosts E-Commerce
The strong economy has a white-hot spot: e-commerce.
A panel of experts looks ahead and sees a bright outlook for digital and online products of all kinds.
Wiki Wars Erupt
Battles have broken out on Wikipedia
concerning entries for US presidential contenders President George W. Bush and
Senator John Kerry. The collaboratively-edited pages have attracted
people who have sought to influence how the entries for each candidate
Social Emulation Seen as Influencer of Internet Purchases
a marketing professor at the
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,
examined the role of social emulation in online purchasing.
In an examination of an Internet grocery retailer,
he found social emulation influenced the first use of the Internet service,
but then users relied on their own experience for subsequent uses.
Computer viruses can allow remote servers to command personal computers over an
Networks of infected PCs can then be used for spamming, phishing, and keystroke
Internet Users Have Broader Awareness of Political Views
A survey by the Pew Internet & American Life project
found that Internet users
sought a range of information and viewpoints online
rather than material that just reinforces their political views.
The survey found that
Internet users are more aware of arguments that challenge
their views than people who do not use the Internet.
Sales of Virtual Goods Top $100 Million
Objects created in massively multiplayer online role-playing games
can be sold in online auctions to other players who want the additional
powers without all the additional hours of playing the game.
Edward Castranova, an economist at the University of Indiana,
estimates that the sales of these objects have
exceeded the $100 million mark.
"Virtual sweat shops" in places such as
Hong Kong and Mexico are said to exist where
players create these objects expressly for sale.
Net Plays Role in 2004 Election
These links from CNET News are to articles covering the use of the Net for election results information, voter guides, blogging, electronic voting information, and the
repeated failures of technology initiatives.
Internet Opened Conversations
The Internet was used in the elections of 2004
not just as a means of one-to-many communication,
but as a means to raise money and hold conversations with supporters.
Students Engaged While Mobile
Bryan Alexander at Middlebury College in Vermont
sees his students learning with mobile devices, multimedia, instant messaging,
While the use of new technology for learning is often
hailed as a breakthrough (remember filmstrips?),
Alexander makes a good
case for engaging students with the technology that engages them.
Web Retailing Up Again
Traffic to Web retailing sites has already exceed last year's record
Consumers in the US are expected to spend $16.7 billion online during
November and December, an
an increase of 29% from the previous year.
CyLab Explores the Future of Computer Security
With computer security being one of the big challenges of the Internet,
Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab is conducting research
with analogies from biological viruses and the paintings of Seurat.
Online Commons Considered
The Institute of Public Policy Research
in the United Kingdom
is considering how to create government-run
versions of communities which have
been ocurring online for decades.
Games Tap "Hive Mind"
Teams of players, collaborating using online communication, play games
and approach problem-solving in novel ways.
Invasion of the Pod People
The practice of offering audio files for download
and later off-line listening is not new. But
the popularity of portable digital audio devices
and personal publishing
(notably in the form of blogs)
have intersected with a well-known brand name
of music players to create yet another trend to
watch in online-enabled communication.
Airships to Provide Communications
The first airship satellite, called a stratellite,
is expected to be launched next month by Sanswire Networks.
Filled with helium and hovering in the stratosphere,
a stratellite could provide wireless broadband
coverage to an area of over
800,000 square kilometers.
Panel: Innovation Key to Economic Success
A panel led by the President of Stanford University released a report urging leaders to stress scientific and technological innovation. The recommendations include cutting through "sports and entertainment culture" to stress the importance of mathematics and science.
Conflict Over Internet Guidance
Developing countries want the United Nations--an organization
noted for its corruption and incompetence--to
control the technical development of the Internet
while the people and organizations that created
the Internet and World Wide Web
in the first place recognize the value of the freedom
present on the Internet today.