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    * Toward Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide
    "Ninety-five percent of public libraries in the United States offer free access to computers and the Internet, often providing the only Internet access for residents of the nation’s poorest areas. This report evaluates the importance of these library-based computers in addressing the digital divide."

    * Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994-2002
    This report presents data on Internet access in U.S. public schools from 1994 to 2002 by school characteristics. It provides trend analysis on the progress of public schools and classrooms in connecting to the Internet and on the ratio of students to instructional computers with Internet access.

    * Computer and Internet Use by Children and Adolescents in 2001
    This report uses data from the September Computer and Internet Use supplement to the 2001 Current Population Survey to examine the use of computers and the Internet by American children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 17.

    * Connected to the Future: A Report on Children's Internet Use from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
    American children regardless of their age, income, or ethnicity, greatly increased their use of the Internet from home, school, or library over the past two years. Yet even with these growth trends, children from under-served populations still significantly lag behind more advantaged children both in home and school access.

    * The Impact of Internet Subsidies in Public Schools (2002)
    "Using a variety of test score is clear that the success of the E-Rate program, at least so far, has been restricted to the increase in access. The increase in Internet connections has had no measurable impact on any measure of student achievement." Report from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    * The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice
    Web-Based Education Commission, December 2000
    The bipartisan, congressional Web-Based Education Commission set out to discover how the Internet is being used to enhance learning opportunity for all learners from pre-kindergarten through high school, at postsecondary colleges and universities, and in corporate training.

    * The Ever-Shifting Internet Population (2003)
    Research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that cost, physical access, and technophobia are barriers to Internet use.

    * MarcoPolo Internet Content for the Classroom
    Launched in 1997, the MarcoPolo program offers premier, standards-based Internet content and professional development to all United States teachers with the goal of advancing student achievement.
    To subscribe to Marco Polo Community, go to:
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    * NetDay
    A grassroots volunteer effort to wire the nation's K-12 schools and classrooms so schools can network their computers and connect them to the Internet. Labor and materials for NetDay comes from volunteers, and support from companies, unions, parents, teachers, students, and school employees. NetDay sets two national wiring dates every year - one in the spring and one in the fall - giving every school enough time to plan and implement NetDay. Also includes a collection of educational technology resources in the NetDay Compass.

    * Digital Divide Network
    "The purpose of the DDN is to enable and facilitate the sharing of ideas, information and creative solutions among industry partners, private foundations, nonprofit organizations and governments."

    * America Connects Consortium (ACC)
    A searchable database of more than 20,000 technology centers nationwide designed to help young people find a place located near them to use a computer, access the Internet, or get help learning about technology. Searchable by zip code.

    * Parents Guide to the Internet
    >From the US Department of Education. Addresses questions such as: What can families without Internet access do to get access? What should families consider when buying a computer or selecting an Internet service provider? What are some tips for ensuring that children have safe, productive & enjoyable experiences on the Internet? Also includes a glossary of Internet terms, and a list of recommended sites.

    * Getting Serious Online (2002)
    This report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project "suggests that time online breeds competence and self-assurance for users; they are more efficient at what they do online and what they use email to accomplish."

    * Internet Country Codes at the California Institute of Technology Libraries Web Site

    * Guide to E-Commerce
    "This Web guide may be viewed as a beginner's introduction to the topic, providing links to various aspects of e-commerce including international commerce, technical information, legal resources, online journals and newspapers, industry and association guides, and government policies."

    * The Internet At 30: No longer a 'twenty-something,' the Internet grows up
    by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco
    Includes: history of the Internet, an Internet quiz, an Internet timeline, and more.

    * Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies
    Contains syllabi for over thirty higher education courses in the U.S. and Canada on cyberculture from 1993 to present. Also includes an annotated bibliography of print articles and monographs on "Cyberculture in Context," "Virtual Communities," "Virtual Cities," and Virtual Identities," and a list of upcoming events and conferences addressing cyberculture.

    * InterNIC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    Includes answers to questions such as, "What is a domain name?", "What does it mean to 'register' a domain name?", "What is involved in registering a domain name in .com, .net or .org?", and more.

    * The Heller Report
    The Heller Reports, for over twenty years, has provided extensive coverage of the education market.

    * Internet Fraud
     From the US Department of Justice's Fraud Section. Includes What Is Internet Fraud? How Should I Deal With Internet Fraud? How Can I Get More Information About Internet Fraud? and more.

    * Netiquette Homepage

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    * Scout Report
    The Scout Report is a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators.
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    * Internet ScamBusters
    The free, award winning, monthly e-zine to help you protect yourself -- and your business -- from Internet scams, misinformation and hype. Learn about how to reduce "spam," how to avoid being ripped off by the "809" and "Nigerian fee" scams, why Internet malls are often a rip-off, tips for avoiding being overcharged for Internet services, how to can spot virus hoaxes, and much more.
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