[Lost article] Introduction to Digital Third Worlds: By Robin Hamman, Hypermedia Research Centre, University of Westminster (London). What are digital third worlds and where are we likely to find them? Why are digital worlds not connected to the "global" internet? How might we help provide solutions for this inequality of access?
The Changing Face of Society By: Kirsten Smith. A South African, Smith explores the World Wide Web only to find that it isn't so wor ldwide afterall. A good deal of determination, time, and financial resources are needed if we are to get more disadvantaged people, especially in developing regions, online. But if we don't start creating web sites and information resources that suit their needs and views, there's probably not much point.
A New Eldorado, or a Ticket to the First World? By: Nelly Lejter. In this article, Nelly Lejter asks if the Internet can be used to stimulate political participation among his fellow Venezuelans. Maybe someday, says Lejter, but not until a number of barriers are overcome by the people. From the seldom heard perspective of the developing world, this article contains some interesting responses to the California Libertarianism of Wired .
Book Review - Disconnected : Haves and Have-Nots in the Information Age by William C. Wresch. Reviewed by Andy Oram (Email), moderator of the Cyber Rights mailing list for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and an editor at O'Reilly & Associates.
Site Review: Olu Oguibe, a Nigerian artist and writer now teaching in America, is the author of "Foresaken Geographies: Cyberspace and the New World 'Other'." In this original and interesting paper, originally presented at the 5th International Conference on Cyberspace, Oguibe describes what he means when he uses the term "digital third world". An excellent starting point for the study of the barriers to internet access.