|SOUTH ASIA: Digital Divide Sharpens Rich-Poor Gap|
by Ranjit Devraj, Inter Press Service
July 21st, 2000
South Asia has emerged as the most promising region for sourcing information technology (IT) expertise, but this is an achievement that is of use only to the rich nations, say critics.
|US: Info-Cleansing on the Web|
by Marcia Stepanek, Business Week Online
July 7th, 2000
Beware the public relations person with a modem. Now corporate spinmeisters, too, can go online to track customers -- especially the disgruntled ones who vent their spleen in cyberspace.
|USA: Spying for Free Trade|
by Duncan Campbell and Paul Lashmar, The Independent (UK)
July 2nd, 2000
It is the new Cold War. The United States intelligence agencies, facing downsizing after the fall of the Berlin wall, have found themselves a new role spying on foreign firms to help American business in global markets.
|USA: The Dot-com Obsession Warping the Economy|
by David Friedman, Los Angeles Times
February 6th, 2000
Spurred by unprecedented stock-market wealth, land-use, tax and development policies are skewing economic incentives almost exclusively toward a postindustrial, dot-com society. Alternatives that might better distribute technology and capital among the population and diversify the economy are being sacrificed.
|USA: One Big Company|
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Focus on the Corporation
January 12th, 2000
AOL has been a leading proponent of open access -- meaning those who control high-speed internet access through cable systems or other means not have the power to discriminate against internet service providers that they do not control or favor. In buying Time Warner, AOL suddenly acquires one of the largest cable systems in the country, and gains a material interest in opposing open access.
|MEXICO: Consumers Accuse Phone Company of Human Rights Violations|
by Kent Paterson, Borderlines
August 11th, 1999
For more than four years, Graciela Ramos and Women for Mexico have been a thorn in Telmex's side. The group has waged a campaign to force Mexico's privately-owned, local phone service giant to cancel measured service, provide devices that track the number of phone calls made from a home, and ensure that economically disadvantaged groups have access to both public and private telephones.
|MEXICO: NGO Battles Telmex Planning Move into US Market|
by Kent Paterson, Borderlines
September 1st, 1998
U.S. consumers may soon have yet another long-distance phone company competing for their monthly accounts. After years of wrangling, Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex) was recently granted approval by the Federal Communications Commission to test-market telephone services aimed at Spanish-speakers in Tucson, AZ.
|India: New Computer Operating System Takes Country by Storm|
by B. Harsh, India Abroad News Service
February 9th, 1998
MUMBAI -- Linux, a computer operating system that has thrown up the biggest ever challenge to Microsoft's monopoly and which got a boost with the Hollywood blockbuster ''Titanic'', is taking the Indian software industry by storm.
|USA: RSI Suit May Finally Catch Up with Apple|
by Reynolds Holding, San Francisco Chronicle
January 19th, 1997
For the first time ever, a keyboard maker has lost a lawsuit involving repetitive stress injury. And, with dozens of suits pending against it, this could be bad news for Apple.
|USA: Intel Computer Chip Plant Tests New Environmental Rules|
by Pratap Chatterjee, Inter Press Service
October 14th, 1996
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 1.3-billion-dollar expansion of a computer chip plant near Phoenix, Arizona, heralds a new era in environmental regulation, according to company and U.S. government officials.
|CHINA: Google Moves In|
Google has secured a licence to operate in China, enabling it to compete more effectively with rivals in the world's second-largest internet market.