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- Acro.IT - Acronym directory for business, finance, science, technology, computers, telecommunications and software engineering.
- AdTech - Digital marketing
- ARS Electronica
- "As We May Think" - Vannevar Bush. Originally published in the July 1945 issue of the Atlantic Monthly.
- ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) - With a
Whois Database Search. Other Whois databases include
Internic Registry Search,
RIPE (Reseau IP Europeens),
LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry),
APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Center) and
- Association for Computing Machinery - See Awards page for information on the A.M. Turing Award, "given to an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community" and accompanied by a prize of $250,000.
- Berkman Center for Internet and Society - Harvard University Law School. In Media Berkman you can hear, for example, Brad Patrick's talk on Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the Law given on January 31, 2006 and David Weinberger's discussion on Web of Ideas: The Authority of Wikipedia on March 15, 2006.
- BitLaw: A Resource for Technology Law - Over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues by Daniel A. Tysver, a patent attorney with Beck & Tysver of Hopkins, Minnesota.
- Bobby - "As of February 1, 2008 the Watchfire WebXact and Bobby Online products will no longer be publicly available...Watchfire is working closely with the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center to continue to evolve this product line." See also IBM's Rational Policy Tester Accessibility Edition.
- BotSpot - Classifies Bots and Intelligent Agents by subject
- BYTE Magazine
- Center for Democracy and Technology - Has Consumer Privacy information.
- Chronicle of Higher Education: Information Technology
- CIO - "Strategic resources for information executives."
- Coalition for Networked Information - "Organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI's Members."
- Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC) - U.S. Department of Energy. Other useful sites for virus information include
CERT (Carnegie Mellon),
F-Secure Virus Description Database,
Symantec DeepSight Analyzer,
SANS Internet Storm Center and
- Consumer Electronics Show - "World's largest annual trade show for consumer technology" sponsored, produced and managed by the Consumer Electronics Association. Has a Multimedia Library and also has session on Youtube.
- Consumer Reports WebWatch
- Corante - Tech news digest edited by Hylton Jolliffe.
- Country Codes - 2-letter country codes in URLs. See also IANA Index by TLD Code.
- CREN (Corporation for Research and Educational Networking) - Offers a collection of Archived Events on topics relevant to networking and information technology which includes Where Is the Digital Library?, a September 28th, 2000 interview with Clifford Lynch.
- Current Cites - A team of librarians and library staff monitors information technology literature in both print and digital forms, each month selecting only the best items to annotate for a free publication.
- D-lib Magazine - "Magazine of digital library research"
- David J. Farber - Farber is the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of the mailing list IP.
- Dead Media Project
- Dialpad - This PC-to-phone service allows you to make free long-distance calls when you're online using Java-based technology.
- Digital 50 - 1999 top fifty from Time Digital (with 1998 list.) See also Upside's Elite 100 (with a 1999 and a 1998 list) and MIT's Technology Review 100. The Industry Standard's People offers profiles of hundreds of "Internet Economy Architects". Wired Magazine is another useful resource - it is searchable and has a full-text archive of past issues. Wired's People has links to articles on the the Wired 52.
- DomainNotes - News, articles and discussion on domain names. Offers country code lookup.
- Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - OCLC
- E-Commerce Times
- The Edge - The Edge Foundation's goal is "to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues" and features "the work and ideas of physicists, evolutionary biologists, philosophers, biologists, computer scientists, psychologists, social, behavioral, and anthropological scientists, and science journalists." Site highlights include Index, Digerati, with Contents, Third Culture, and Reality Club.
- EDUCAUSE - "International, nonprofit association whose mission is to help shape and enable transformational change in higher education through the introduction, use, and management of information resources and technologies in teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and institutional management." Provides access to full-text articles of current and past issues of EDUCAUSE Review and EDUCAUSE Quarterly (in pdf format). Offers a Guide to Evaluating Information Technology on Campus
- EDUCAUSE-Cornell Institute for Computer Policy and Law - Offers a Policy Collection from many institutions and links to On-Line Resources.
- EDventure Holding - Founded by Esther Dyson, the company produces the annual PC Forum and High Tech Forum.
- Electronic Book '99 - Conference held September 21,22 has a collection of useful links to electronic book resources.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation - "Non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information online, as well as to promote responsibility in new media."
- Electronic Privacy Information Center - News updates on cryptography, wiretapping, censorship, and privacy violations by marketing firms.
- Encyclopedia of the New Economy - Wired
- Fast Company - "Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company Magazine was founded on a single premise: a global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world." Full Archives available online.
- Fathom Archive - "Fathom Knowledge Network Inc., founded by Columbia in 1999, launched its website in the spring of 2000 with the goal of providing high quality educational resources to a global audience through the Internet. The Fathom academic consortium grew to include 14 leading educational and cultural institutions dedicated to that goal. The Fathom website ceased operations in March 2003, as part of a reorganization of Columbia University's digital media activities."
- FINS Global Information Age Library - Archive of the Federal Information News Syndicate (FINS). "Carefully selected documents organized in a purposive subject tree, communicating the emerging philosophy of the Global Information Age."
- First Monday - "Peer-reviewed journal on the Internet" from Denmark provides a full text Archive with Article, Author and Subject indices.
- FYI France - Jack Kessler's collection of "resources, and services, of and about libraries and publishing and online digital information in France and generally in Europe." Although primarily a subscription site, there are usually several free sections which you can access without a password.
- Generic Top Level Domain Memorandum of Understanding (gTLD-MoU) - "Developing an open, competitive, stable and equitable administration of the global Internet Domain Name System."
- George Paul Landow - Professor of English and Art History at Brown University. See also Eastgate Systems.
- Ghost Sites - Steve Baldwin describes dead web pages - "Stuffed, Embalmed, and Ready for Internet Museum."
- Handle System - Corporation for National Research Initiatives
- HateWatch - "Web based organization that monitors the growing and evolving threat of hate group activity on the Internet."
- Highway 1 - Project to support innovative use of technology in Congress
- Hobbes' Internet Timeline - Robert H. Zakon.
- How to clear the location box in Netscape Navigator - Andrew Mutch. (See also Netscape's Help Page on the Subject.) He also has a page on How to Lock-In IP Addresses on Netscape Navigator.
- Howard Reingold - Site provides access to the full-text of his books Tools For Thought, published in 1984 and The Virtual Community published in 1993.
- Human Ability and Accessibility Center - IBM
- IBM Technical Journals - Provides full-text access to current and recent issues of the IBM Journal of Research and Development and IBM Systems Journal. The entire site is searchable.
- ILC Glossary of Internet Terms - By Matisse Enzer
- iMP: the Magazine on Information Impacts - Provides access to full-text articles from back issues.
- Industry Standard Archive - "Intelligence for the Internet Economy." This archive includes most stories published by TheStandard.com from January 1998 through September 2001.
- Infobits - Monthly online journal monitors and selects from a number of information technology and instruction technology sources and provides brief notes for electronic dissemination to educators; edited by Carolyn Kotlas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic & Technology Networks' Center for Instructional Technology.
- Information Architects Institute - Provides a Usability Toolkit.
- Information Quality - WWW Virtual Library
- Information Today Newsbreaks
- Internet Archive - Brewster Kahle's attempt to record and preserve the Web.
- Internet Assigned Numbers Authority - Provides an Index by TLD Code (2-letter country codes),
- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
- Internet Council of Registrars (CORE) - Non-profit membership association of Internet domain name registrars. Has a Whois service, and links to CORE members offering domain name registration.
- Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) - "Large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet." With links to Requests for Comments (RFC). See IETF I-D Tracker v1.0
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center - partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
- Internet Fraud Watch - "To help consumers distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent promotions in cyberspace and route reports of suspected fraud to the appropriate law enforcement agencies"
- Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions - "Extensive analysis of over 100 court decisions shaping the law of the web" is provided by Martin H. Samson, an attorney with Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon. Has "facts, analysis and pertinent quotes from cases of interest to those involved in New Media addressing copyright, trademark, dilution and other intellectual property issues, jurisdiction, linking, framing, meta tags, clip-art, defamation, domain name, e-mail, encryption, gambling, click-wrap agreements, shrink-wrap licenses, spamming and other subjects."
- Internet Product Watch - Searchable database of commercial product descriptions; John Lewell, iWorld
- Internet Society - Reston, Virginia, organization provides a site map and internet histories including Brief History of the Internet by Vinton G. Cerf.
- Internetstocks.com - Other technology news sites include NewsHub, Industry Standard, Internet.com, CMP's TechWeb, CNET's News.com & CNET Investor, Individual Investor Online, ZDnet's News, Nando Times Technology, Mecklermedia's InternetNews.com, Slashdot: News for Nerds, Los Angeles Times' Technology News, Upside Today, CBS MarketWatch, Raging Bull,
Time Digital, Washington Post: Business & Technology and Wired News.
- Internet Software Consortium - Nonprofit corporation dedicated to developing and maintaining production quality Open Source reference implementations of core Internet protocols.
- Internet Traffic Report - Andover News Network
- Internet Weather Report - Overview of network traffic
- Internet World - Daily Internet news.
- Internet2 Project - With information, including map, on the Abilene Project, now operational. (Led by the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development.) The UCAID International Web Site gives information on the participants. For more, see the article Internet of the Future, by Christopher Jones, in Wired News, February 24, 1999.
- IP Address Index - Index relating IP network numbers to network names and identities, for class A, B and C networks. Maintained by John Crossley. Similar resources include the
ARIN Whois Database,
APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Center),
RIPE Whois Database,
LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry), and
3com offers Chuck Semeria's Understanding IP Addressing: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know.
- IT Conversations - "Listener supported audio programs."
- JafSoft - Has a list of Search Engine Robots.
- Journal of Electronic Publishing - Online since 1995, the journal is published by the University of Michigan Press and includes full-text articles from back issues.
- Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers - Venture capital firm located in Menlo Park, California, specializing in life sciences and information sciences. See their Complete Roster of Members of the Keiretsu network of companies.
- Lawrence Lessig - Homepage of the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.
- Leonardo Electronic Almanac - Published by the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology and "dedicated to providing a forum for those who are interested in the realm where art, science and technology converge". The journal is edited by Roger Malina and provides access to Leonardo's current issue, articles, a gallery, profiles, and publications.
- Life on the Internet - PBS's companion web site for its 13-part television series.
- The List - Over 9,500 Internet Service Providers, organized by area code and country code.
- LivingInternet.com - Developed by Bill Stewart, the site covers the invention, development and use of the Internet.
- Long Tail - Subtitled "A Public Diary on the Way to a Book" and created by Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine.
- Look to the Librarians - Cynthia N. James-Catalano provides links to librarian-constructed pages. (Originally appeared in Internet World, Vol. 7 No. 8, August 1996.)
- Mail2Web - Pick up your email from any computer. (No registration required.)
- Media Central - News and information for media and marketing professionals.
- MIQ Ratings - Published by Matrix Information & Directory Services of Austin, Texas, the site monitors thousands of sites worldwide every 15 minutes to map the data flow of the Internet. Includes the Ten Most Reachable ISPs over 24 hours.
- MSDN Online - "Essential resources for developers."
- National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) - Department of Commerce site provides information on the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP), which "has been awarding grants to nonprofit organizations such as schools, libraries, hospitals, public safety entities, and state and local governments since 1994. TIIAP projects promote the use of information and telecommunications technology to provide better health care, increase lifelong learning opportunities, and improve local government services."
- National Urban Technology Center - "Dedicated to preparing inner-city communities across the country for full participation in the Information Age... by creating a technology and telecommunications infrastructure that empowers inner-city families business and schools."
- National Vulnerability Database - "A comprehensive cyber vulnerability resource sponsored by DHS National Cyber Security Division/US-CERT. "
- NerdTV - Video interviews (with transcripts) with Doug Engelbart, Dan Bricklin, Anina, Avram Miller, Dan Drake, Dave Winer, Tim O'Reilly, Brewster Kahle, Bill Joy, Max Levchin, and Andy Hertzfeld.
- Net Wars [by Wendy Grossman] - Full-text electronic publication (published simultaneously to the print edition) by NYU Press marking its debut in online publishing. Includes reviews
- NetLingo: the Internet Language Dictionary - "Definitions of hundreds of words that are emerging as a new vocabulary surrounding the technology and community of the Internet and the World Wide Web."
- Netsurfer Digest
- Network Magazine - "Focused on providing information Technology (IT) and network managers with strategic analysis, new technology and product reports, and peer-to-peer information in the form of case studies."
- Network Solutions - Registrar for Web addresses ending in com, net, org and edu. Their database of Internet domain registrations allows you to type in domain name and find technical locating information, as well as a contact name, telephone number, and billing address of the company or person who owns the domain name.
- New York New Media Association
- New York Times: Technology
- Nicholas Negroponte - Home page of the co-founder and director of MIT's Media Laboratory. Includes index to his Wired columns (1993-1998).
- OCLC Online Computer Library Center - Provides access to OCLC Newsletter with archives. With information on the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC).
- ON24, Inc. - 24 hour Internet broadcasting network for online investors.
- Online Electronic Publishing Collection - Hogan Productions provides links to full-text online computer magazines and computer and Internet-related books.
- Ourmedia - Free storage and free bandwidth for videos, audio files, photos, text or software.
- Oxford Internet Institute - University of Oxford
- Pew Internet and American Life Project
- PNG (Portable Network Graphics) - Greg Roelofs
- PopSci.com - Popular Science Magazine
- Project Xanadu - Original hypertext project founded by Ted Nelson in 1960.
- Protect Your Webserver from Spam Harvesters - Charles J. Brabec, Web Systems Programmer.
- Rational Policy Tester Accessibility Edition - IBM
- Requests for Comments (RFC) - "Series of notes, started in 1969, about the Internet (originally the ARPANET). The notes discuss many aspects of computing and computer communication focusing in networking protocols, procedures, programs, and concepts, but also including meeting notes, opinion, and sometimes humor."
- ResearchBuzz - Covers Internet research with daily updates on search engines, new data managing software, browser technology, large compendiums of information and Web directories.
- Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (RCCS) - Founded by David M. Silver, the site offers book reviews, interviews, a calendar of events & conferences and other useful resources.
- Salon: Technology & Business
- Santa Fe Institute
- Scientific American - The October 1999 issue has seven articles on "broadband" access to the Internet, with supplementary material. The magazine's site is searchable and provides access to past issues.
- Scout Report
- Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) - See Google Information for Webmasters on Search Engine Optimizers
- Searching the World Wide Web: a basic tutorial - Roger Schmitz, Peter van Tilburg, Tilburg University Library, The Netherlands.
- Seattle Times - Includes a Business & Technology section.
- Searcher: the Magazine for Database Professionals - Selected full-text articles from current and past issues.
- Sherry Turkle - Professor of the Sociology of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has written "numerous articles on psychoanalysis and culture and on the "subjective side" of people's relationships with technology, especially computers."
- Silicon Investor - Company profiles
- Slashdot: News for Nerds - Rob Malda
- SPAM Robots - Includes e-mail address harvesters such as EmailSiphon and other E-Mail Collectors. Other resources: Robots Beware
- StopBadware - Joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and Consumer Reports WebWatch to stop malicious software (spyware, malware, and deceptive adware).
- theStandard - "Intelligence for the Internet Economy."
- StatMarket - "Accurate Internet statistics and user trends."
- TheStreet.com - Some parts for subscribers only
- Study of the Social Consequences of the Internet - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society (SIQSS)
- Syllabus: Education Technology for Higher Education - Also provides Syllabus Radio and TechTalk Archives.
- Technology Review - "MIT's magazine of innovation." With the Technology Review 100 with 100 young innovators who exemplify the spirit of innovation in science, technology, and the arts, sorted by name or by category. There are several interesting articles in the May 2005 issue: Death of Libraries?, The Infinite Library, Google and the Coming Search Wars, Revisited and Science Wants to Be Free.
- TED Conferences - Technology, entertainment and design conference organized by information architect Richard Saul Wurman
- Telecom Information Resources on the Internet - Over 8,000 annotated and categorized links to resources relating to the technical, economic, public policy, and social aspects of telecommunications. All forms of telecommunication, including, voice, data, video, wired, wireless, cable TV, and satellite, are included. Maintained by Jeff MacKie-Mason, Department of Economics, University of Michigan.
- Technorati - Weblog (blog) search. Tracks over nine million weblogs.
- Telecommunications Electronic Reviews (TER) - "Irregular electronic serial publication of the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association...to provide reviews of and pointers to telecommunications and networking resources, both print and electronic."
- 3com - Offers overviews, reports and white papers on varous aspects of network infrastructure. A few examples include Introduction to Home Networking, Internet Firewalls and Security: A Technology Overview, Understanding IP Addressing: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know, Bandwidth Management for Corporate Intranets, Introduction to IP Multicast Routing and Directory-Enabled Networks and 3Comís Framework for Policy-Powered Networking. The Technology Center has a Networking Glossary, and a White Paper Subject Index with the following topics: Cable Networking, Converged Networks, E-Business Applications, Delivering Ethernet, High Availability Networks, Home Networking, Internet/Intranet, Network Interface Cards, Network Management and Control, Remote Access, Security, Service Provider Solutions, Switching, Virtual Private Networks, and Wireless Networks.
- Tim Berners-Lee - Home page of the man credited with inventing the World Wide Web in late 1990 while working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of Weaving the Web: the Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by its Inventor.
- Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization - Princeton University Press, which offers several books online, provides full-text of this 1997 book by Gene I. Rochlin.
- Twitter - See Forget E-Mail: New Messaging Service Has Students and Professors Atwitter by Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, February 29, 2008. "Some professors, librarians, and administrators have begun using Twitter, a service that can blast very short notes (up to 140 characters) to select users' cellphones or computer screens. The practice is often called microblogging because people use it to send out pithy updates about their daily lives." See Teaching With Twitter video on how professors are using Twitter.
- Unleashing the Idea Virus - Seth Godin, author of the best-selling Permission Marketing, is offering his new book online for free (as a download in pdf format). For more about the book, see M.J. Rose 's article This E-Book Is a Free Book in the July 17, 2000 Wired News. The book is also featured as the cover story in the August issue of Fast Company.
- Upside Today - Tech business magazine
- VC Comic Strip - Robert von Goeben and Kathryn Siegler's venture capital comic strip (now retired but with archives to all the strips.)
- Vcall - An Investor Broadcast Network service that broadcasts senior executive interviews, analysts roundtable discussions, seminars and other events of interest to the investment community.
- VisualRoute - Provides tools to measure the speed of your computer network. Anyone with a Java-enabled web browser can access their VisualRoute Server which provides traceroute, ping, and geographical location information from their server in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, to any URL or domain you select. Other sites to consult for Internet traffic: Internet Traffic Report, and Internet Weather Report.
- VMyths: Truth about computer virus myths and hoaxes - Rob Rosenberger
- Washington Post: Business and Technology
- Web Developer
- Web Developer's Virtual Library: Encyclopedia of Web Design Tutorials, Articles and Discussions
- Web Lab - "Founded to develop, sponsor and provide visibility for projects that explore innovative uses of communications technology and that bring fresh perspective and new voices to the discussion of public issues." For more, see Steve Silberman 's article, Web Lab's Weiss on Vision, in the August 7th, 1998 Wired News.
- Web Review Magazine
- Web Robots Pages - With information on Robots Exclusion
- Web Techniques - "Solutions for Internet and web developers." With archives.
- WebThang - Has over 170 tutorials
- Web-User - UK Internet magazine
- Webware - "Cool Web 2.0 apps for everyone." Creators of the Webware 100 Awards
- Webware - "Cool Web 2.0 apps for everyone." Creators of the Webware 100 Awards.
- WebWasher - "Intelligent Internet assistant that executes the personal requirements of the user and does not permit content to pass through unless it is expressly desired by the user."
- whatis.com - Glossary of Internet and computer-related terms
- Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea? - Charles C. Mann discusses intellectual property and copyright in the September, 1998 Atlantic Monthly. In Life, Liberty, and ... the Pursuit of Copyright? Charles C. Mann, John Perry Barlow, Lawrence Lessig, and Mark Stefik participate in a Roundtable discussion on the ownership of culture in the information age.
- Why Librarians Should Rule the Net - R. Anders Schneiderman, E-Node, Vol I. No. 4, September 5, 1996.
- Why the future doesn't need us - Bill Joy, Wired Magazine, April 2000.
- Wired Magazine - Allows you to browse selected articles in an archives of past issues.
- World Wide Web Consortium - W3C site provides
HTML 4.01 Specification, Open Source Releases, Past Talks, a list of Members and a Who's Who.
- Women in New Media - New York-based organization for women in the new media industry.
- World Wide Web History Project - "Collaborative effort to record and publish the history of the World Wide Web and its roots in hypermedia and networking". Hosted by the Internet Archive.
- Worio - Search engine for computer scientists and programmers created by a team at the University of British Columbia.
- Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
- Yahoo! Internet Life - Full-text, searchable
- ZDNet - Ziff-Davis. With E-Business News and TechTV.