Thursday, January 31, 2002

*** Email Activists Score Major Victory. California Passes Landmark Global Warming Bill



Environmentalists scored a major victory over automobile and oil interests as Assembly Bill 1058 (Pavley) narrowly won approval in the state Assembly on January 31, 2002.

The bill, which will enact the first-in-the-nation regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles, inspired a frenzy of last minute lobbying from business interests led by the auto and oil industries intent on killing the bill.

AB 1058 is sponsored by Bluewater Network and the Coalition for Clean Air and supported by a broad coalition which includes the Union of Concerned Scientists, NRDC, the California State Firefighters, the American Lung Association, the California League of Conservation Voters, Environmental Defense and the California Council of Churches.

Coalition member Bob Epstein, a member of a Silicon Valley business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, said the bill "is a precedent setting proposal that puts California in the lead on reducing the economic and environmental threats posed by global climate change."

** Email Activists Score Major Victory. California Passes Landmark Global Warming Bill *** Letters to the California State Assembly from Environmental Defense Action Network activists helped win approval of a bill limiting CO2 pollution from motor vehicles sold in the state. Heat trapping CO2 emissions from the millions of cars and trucks is a major source of greenhouse gas pollution in California. It's now onto the State Senate and the Governor. Stay tuned! For more information, click here:


Wednesday, January 23, 2002

State meets demand for map data

State meets demand for map data

BY Brian Robinson
Jan. 23, 2002

"Overwhelmed by demands from the public that require manual searches for information, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

(DES) has turned to the World Wide Web to provide spatial and map-based data. "One of the biggest challenges was trying to decide at what level to present the information," said Chris Simmers, OneStop program manager for the DES. "The use of GIS in-house with GIS-savvy people is one thing, but bringing that to the Web, to make it functional and attractive to the average user, required a major change in philosophy on our part."


PC voting software passes test

PC voting software passes test

BY William Matthews
Jan. 23, 2002

"A leading technology testing lab says a software system that permits voting on ordinary desktop computers meets Federal Election Commission standards, a critical step for technology to be deemed usable for public elections.

The finding by Wyle Laboratories Inc. comes as many states and localities seek new technology to replace decades-old voting machines, including controversial punch-card systems. But it is uncertain whether the software package, called VoteHere Platinum Election System, will win approval from many states and localities in time for this fall's congressional, state and local elections."


Monday, January 21, 2002

— Cyber-gripers, take heart
‘Sucks’ sites to be doled out for free

Free speech lawyer creates service to encourage criticism

By Bob Sullivan

Jan. 21, 2002 Cyber-gripers, take heart. You and your “” Web site have a patron. Free speech lawyer Ed Harvilla is worried that too many “sucks” domains have been taken away from owners and given to their target companies. So he and some silent partners have developed a system to dole out “sucks” Web sites — and he’s given them away for free.


Friday, January 18, 2002

"More women heading home to surf"

"More women heading home to surf"

By Gwendolyn Mariano

Jan. 18 — Women are logging onto the Internet at home at a faster rate than the overall Web population, according to a report released Friday. Web measurement firm Nielsen/NetRatings said the number of female Web surfers at home rose 9 percent in the United States, from 50.4 million in December 2000 to 55 million in December 2001.

THE OVERALL NUMBER of active home Web surfers grew only 6 percent, from 98.6 million in December 2000 to 104.8 million in December 2001.
Nielsen/NetRatings added that 49.8 million U.S. men surfed the Web at home in December 2001, an increase of only 3 percent from the previous year.



Wednesday, January 16, 2002

US Net users turning to egovernment

eMarketer: US Net users turning to egovernment

Jan 16 2002: "According to eMarketer, 55 percent of adult Internet users in the US visited a government website in 2001.

This statistic is from a study conducted by the Robert H Smith School of Business in the University of Maryland.

The study also found that 50 percent of online adults visited a state or local government site, and 33 percent visited a federal government site.

Sixteen percent conducted business with state or local government online, and 11 percent conducted business with federal government online.

In all categories, men were more likely than women to visit government websites and to conduct business on those sites. Suburban users were more likely than urban or rural users to visit a government site, but rural users were the most likely to conduct government business online."


Wednesday, January 09, 2002

"100,000 Messages to Congress to Help Farmers Help the Environment"

From an email alert:

Dear Robb Halperin, January 2002 *************************** Action Network from Environmental Defense finding the ways that work *************************** CONTENTS: ACTION NETWORK AT WORK! 2001 YEAR IN REVIEW - Arctic Refuge Wins Reprieve; 100,000 Messages to Congress to Help Farmers Help the Environment;

Offshore Oil Drilling Moratorium Protects Most US Coast TAKE ACTION NOW - Canada Fights Oil Drilling Off Coast ECO-TIP - Stop Catalogues from Flooding your Mailbox ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE'S NEW WEBSITE ***************************** ACTION NETWORK AT WORK! SUCCESS STORIES AND UPDATES: Environmental Defense Action Network activists like you were very active in 2001. In a year marked by the tragic events of September 11, we also can share some notable successes in our efforts to take action online to protect the environment. Together, we now reach nearly 150,000 email activists who sent nearly 1 million pro-environment messages last year. Highlights in 2001 include: *** Arctic Refuge Wins Reprieve...For Now *** Last year, 200,000 messages from email activists helped ensure that the Bush Administration and special interests were unsuccessful in pushing a bad energy bill through the Senate that would have increased our dependence on oil, opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling, and more. However, the oil industry and their allies will be at it again with a new push to open the Arctic to oil drilling. Act now to protect the Arctic Refuge and provide true energy security. Take action! *** Helping Farmers Help the Environment *** Nearly 100,000 messages from email activists helped Environmental Defense lead the way in a national campaign to pass a conservation-oriented Farm Bill in Congress. The Senate has delayed consideration of a conservation-oriented Farm bill until early this year, allowing us to mobilize more public support for this important issue. Get more information about the Farm Bill debate and our plans for this year. Stay tuned! Click here:

Sunday, January 06, 2002


Middle East Newsline.

Sunday, January 06, 2002

TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Islamic insurgency groups and their Middle East government sponsors are sending agents to the West for training in weapons of mass destruction as well as cyber warfare.

Wednesday, January 02, 2002

"Domain name speculators are shutting up shop."

"Internet starts to shrink"

"Domain name speculators are shutting up shop."
BBC News: Wednesday, 2 January, 2002, 13:19 GMT

"The net has shrunk ever so slightly. For only the second time ever, an authoritative monthly survey of the number of sites on the net has found fewer sites online than in the previous month. The fall has been put down to a drop in the number of registered domains. Despite the drop, the net remains hugely popular, and there are now over 36m sites in cyberspace."


Tuesday, January 01, 2002

Cyber-Politics vs. Techno-Politics.

--Original Message Follows----
Subject: Re: [ElectronicGovernment] e-Government Process, Techno-politics
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 10:25:44 EST

Thanks for your note. Glad you found the site. When I thought up the name,
the two finalists were Cyber-Politics and Techno-Politics. I chose
Techno-Politics only because it would cover a broader range of topics (e.g.,
security policy). But your Cyber-Politics was in there right to the end.
Best regards.
Alan Kotok

"Internet users more mature" :

"Internet users more mature"

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"AUSTRALIAN Internet users have matured from curious surfers to time savers who use the world wide web to catch up on news, pay bills and do their shopping.

A Neilsen/Netrating study of 10,000 Australians who use the Internet at home found users were primarily interested in accessing sites which supplied new information or allowed users to bank or shop on-line.

Andrew Reid, a senior analyst with Neilsen, said in the past Australians had spent more time on the net but had mostly surfed with no specific focus. "They've now migrated or matured from general surfing habits to one where they're actually using the Internet for real purposes which will save them time and effort," Mr Reid said.

Mr Reid said Internet usage was up 8.6 per cent in Australia over the past 12 months but the time users spent on line had fallen.

"We expect that to accelerate over the next 12 months," he said.

"It's actually become a tool rather than a medium." """"""

The Facts and the Farm Bill @

The Facts and the Farm Bill @

"Let the facts speak for themselves. That's what the D.C.-based Environmental Working Group hoped to do when they launched a Web site listing federal subsidies sent to every farm in America ( Now, with stories having appeared in news venues from the Bismarck Tribune to The New York Times, small farmers, environmentalists, and traders at the New York Cotton Exchange are all celebrating a recent Senate amendment to the $45-billion farm bill that would cap annual subsidies at $270,000 per farm. This is a blow to big industrial operations. The proposal's surprise adoption was helped along by the site, which reporters (who love easily searchable databases of local information) and members of Congress have praised."